Rare Photos of Young Elvis Discovered

Pictures show The King when he was just 22

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Jul 1, 2010  |  Updated 5:04 AM PDT
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Rare Elvis Pictures: The King at 22

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In this 1957 photo provided by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc and used by permission, Elvis Presley greets fans at the gates of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Elvis Presley archivists have found three rare photos dating back to 1957 that show the young singer greeting fans at the gates of Graceland. Negatives of the photos were discovered as archivists pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis' father. (AP Photo/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc) NO SALES

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Elvis fans are all shook up over three never-before seen photos of the legend well before his bloated sequined jumpsuit days.

Archivists uncovered negatives of the 50-year-old pictures that show the young singer greeting fans at the gates of Graceland as they pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis' father.

Angie Marchese, director of archives at Elvis Presley Enterprises, told The Associated Press said the negatives were in a small envelope with no writing on it. Archivists scanned them and determined they were taken in 1957.

The three photos of the 22-year old performer have never been published, Marchese said, but a fourth picture from the same series has appeared on a limited basis in publications focusing on Elvis.

"It's really quite amazing that they weren't in our database already and we had never seen them before," Marchese said.

Marchese said the photos were taken shortly after Elvis bought the Memphis mansion. They will be displayed at a Graceland exhibit beginning Thursday, through the end of Elvis Week on Aug. 16.

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