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New and Miscellaneous Work ….

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I have not been posting much on these blogs since I post to Instagram.  I am at @frankphardy on Instagram for those of you that might be interested and see what I throw up on it.  I seem to attract more attention there that I have on this blog.  But I do not plan on getting rid of this blog since I have had it so long.  Here are a few new images and several that I have reworked. Enjoy …

I am sort of all over the place with these images from California to Ireland to Memphis to back to California and I started it off on Pensacola Beach.  Thanks for looking and please check back, I have some concert negatives that I have acquired from back in the 1960’s and 70’s that I plan to post in the near future.  Don’t forget to go to my Instagram feed … @frankphardy … and see my work there.  Feel free to comment and thanks for looking ….

More Memphis …

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IMG_7413  Memphis Store Front _ RTP_SFW

This is a store front in downtown Memphis … there is a sign on the window that reads ” Strange Cargo “, so I do not know if that is the name of the store or if it is a line of clothing or whatever that sell in this shop, but it is what I named this photo.  I regret the fact that I did not wonder on in and check it out since it looks like my kind of place … notice that I said my kind of place and not Pam’s kind of place.  I have another that I am going to throw up from Sam Phillips’ Sun Records …

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One of the helpful sales clerks in Sun Records.  Here are several more from inside of Sun Records …\

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I enjoy looking at the photos on these walls as much as I like looking at all of the records and in some cases, I enjoy the photos much more.  I always wonder if the photographers that made these photos ever thought how popular these images would be 50 and 60 years later.  Here is another Elvis poster …

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I cannot remember if this was at Graceland or at Sun Records, but it does not really matter … I think that these are OK, but what could have been created if Colonel Parker had hired a talented art designer or graphic artist to design these music sheets.  I read somewhere about how popular these music sheets where with Elvis’ audience that he sold millions of these music sheets to his fans at his concerts, in fact it was not just with Elvis but Hank Williams was the first county musician who popularized selling these music sheets at his concerts.  I have some more photos of Graceland and also of inside the studio at Sun Records that I am going to throw up ,,, and also some images I made in Clarksdale Mississippi.  Thanks for looking and please check back and all comments are appreciated … Frank

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October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Graceland …

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Pam and I took a trip up to Memphis back in 2005 … we have been all over middle and eastern Tennessee, but have never been west of Nashville.  So we made the trip up to Memphis in April of 2005.  I downloaded the images to a hard-drive that I cannot get to start and thought that all were lost.  However, I have hundreds of CD’s and luckily I had saved a group from the trip.  After going through them, I decided to work some up and post a series of them here.  Above is the gate at the drive-way and then I am going to move to the house.  As usual, I will try to leave out the running commentary and let the photos speak for themselves, but I might just include what room you are viewing at the time for the few that have not toured Graceland.  Here we go …


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IMG_7207 Living Room Graceland _ RTP _ SFW

The above is the living room when you enter the front door.  Now, all of these images are hand-held and available light … they do not allow flashes and tripods.  I guess they want you to spend fifteen dollars on a nice, glossy catalog ( that I did buy ) and besides, you have hundreds of people walking through the house with you.  These areas are roped off so that you cannot wander through the rooms and sit on the furniture.  Next is the Jungle Room that you have heard so much about …


IMG_7221 The Jungle Room _ RTP _ SFW

One side of the Jungle Room above and another side below … Note the green shag carpet …


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One more of the Jungle Room …


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The next is the TV Room, which happens to be my favorite room in the whole house.  How about that ceramic monkey?  I wonder if there was a run on them when the world found out that Elvis had one in his TV room?  The next is the bar, which would be to the right of the monkey …


IMG_7234 Graceland TV Room _ RTP_Lucis _SFW


IMG_7223  Elvis Bar in TV Room _ RTP _6x4 _SFW

Now we have the Pool Room …IMG_7249  Graceland Poolroom 1 _ SFW

We are going to leave the house and go over to Vernon’s office at the barn …


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A couple of Elvis exhibits in what used to be the racquet-ball court.  There are hundreds of these in this building and I just want to include a couple …


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And finally, the grave site ….


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I still have a few more from Graceland that I might show in another post later.  I have another set of images from Sam Phillips’ Sun Record Studio that I made during this trip and I will throw them up in the near future.  There are some interesting views of the recording studio and offices to those of you interested in recording equipment.  Thanks for looking and if any of you have any interesting stories of Elvis or from Graceland, let us hear them.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank



Written by Frank Hardy

August 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm