Library Card Signed by 13-Year-Old Elvis Presley, the Earliest Known Signature of the King

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Courtesy of the Chicago Public Library Tumblr, we have the library card signed by Elvis Presley in 1948, when the rock icon was only 13 years old. Because it’s believed to be the earliest known signature of the King, the autograph fetched $7,500 at auction last summer, more than twice the original asking price. As for what was young Elvis reading, you’re wondering? It’s The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson for Young Readers. h/t @kirstinbutler

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  1. Mike H says . . . | February 11, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    If I were Peggy Smith, I would be mad that someone scratched out my name….

  2. Russ says . . . | February 12, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    That is not the oldest signature of Elvis Presley, It is from the book “English Fairy Tales” and he checked it out in the 7th grade (a year before).

  3. Ruth says . . . | February 12, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    OMG! It only “fetched” $7,500 and that was twice the price asked for???????????

  4. annmarie white says . . . | April 29, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    i what change my to priscilla presley i like it so much

  5. annmarie louise white says . . . | October 13, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    I love Elvis Presley so much I will stay with my husband Elvis in the would and I his wife is Ann Marie Louise white that be with nice man in the concert he is King of rock & roll and his wife be his queen of rock & roll be with all time thank you

  6. dudeimnotyourbro says . . . | October 14, 2013 / 1:14 am

    i bet Charlie Hunter is wishing he would’ve forgotten to return it right about now

  7. Ash says . . . | October 14, 2013 / 3:00 am

    No longer possible with electronic issuing.

  8. Alan says . . . | October 14, 2013 / 4:03 am

    This one pre-dates it. Dated Nov. 18, 1947. Aged 12

  9. NickBielli says . . . | October 14, 2013 / 7:03 am

    Is that the signature of Charlene above it? Wow! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZgIk2b68gQ

  10. hijk says . . . | October 14, 2013 / 7:52 am

    There was a guy called Elvin who also took the book out.nCharlene either liked the book a lot or was a slow reader.

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