Mu­seum show­cases Pres­ley ar­ti­facts

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WASH­ING­TON: On the 75th an­niver­sary of Elvis Pres­ley’s birth, the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion is show­cas­ing the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s ubiq­ui­tous im­age through ex­hi­bi­tions in Wash­ing­ton and Los An­ge­les.

One Life: Echoes of Elvis will be on view at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Wash­ing­ton un­til Au­gust. The one-room exhibit is de­voted to the evo­lu­tion and in­flu­ence of Pres­ley’s im­age af­ter his death.

“Think of all the en­ter­tain­ers you know, and how many of them do you know the names of their homes?” said cu­ra­tor War­ren Perry. “Ev­ery­body needs to have a mo­ment with Elvis.”

The exhibit fea­tures por­traits, im­ages from Grace­land, the man­sion where Elvis lived, Elvis mer­chan­dise and a re­minder that Elvis’s man­ager put his face on just about any­thing that could be mar­keted. The com­mer­cial im­ages in­clude an Elvis-im­printed lunch box, nutcracker, action fig­ure and snow globe.

Orig­i­nal art­work from a 1992 Elvis stamp de­sign com­pe­ti­tion is on view, along with the 1993 stamp with Pres­ley’s like­ness that be­came the most pop­u­lar US postal stamp of all time, with a print­ing of 500 mil­lion.

“The peo­ple who call them­selves Elvis fans, I’m sure there are fa­nat­ics, but th­ese peo­ple have a loving af­fec­tion for Elvis,” said Perry, who is from Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, where Elvis lived. “It’s con­ver­sa­tional. It’s in­ti­mate.” – Sapa-AP

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