Lot 2: 1953 Humes High School "Class of June 1953" Composite Photo Featuring Elvis Presley
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
These class photos are very scarce as most students didn't order what would had been an expensive keepsake at the time. While students couldn't resist the yearbook, since obtaining the signatures of friends was an important ritual, most students did not opt to purchase the costly class portrait composite photo. This portrait photo composite, by Jaffe Studios and dated 1953, features a young Elvis in the second row from the bottom and 11th from the left. Elvis' lifelong friend George Klein can be seen with the other class officers in the third row from the top, with his title of "President" displayed below his portrait. Other class composites have displayed a glossy finish, but the presented example has a matte finish not uncommon for the portrait photos of the period. The photo measures 11 by 14 inches (27.94 x 35.56 cm) and is presented in a frame measuring 18 by 21 inches (45.72 x 53.34 cm). This very rare relic of the famous Humes High School class portrait composite photo is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The photo has been very well preserved, exhibiting only minor distresses, including one small area of wrinkling near the top border and a few barely noticeable wrinkles along the bottom right. The contrast of the photo remains strong and has not suffered the fading usually associated with these artifacts. Excellent to Mint condition overall.