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LEE & JOE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT BIKE PHOTO
IS ELVIS' VERY FIRST BIKE ON DISPLAY AT GRACELAND? AND DO THEY KNOW?
by Lee Dawson & Joe Krein, Elvis Express Radio
As every fan knows by now, 'Vanity Fair' magazine unearthed that fantastic long-lost photograph from 1948, standing with his first bike on the street that
divided the black and white sections of his home town of Tupelo, Mississippi.

OK, now that the excitement of this pictorial discovery has cooled down a little, we can see that the bike that Elvis is with in the new photo matches the one
we've had of Elvis for many years.

What we also see is how the bike has lost a few bits and bobs fall off over the 2 or 3 years since he was given it in 1945/6 - mud flaps, light etc.

But...Joe and I were talking about the photo and other matters when I remembered seeing that dismantled, rusted up bike hanging from the ceiling in the
'smokehouse' at Graceland when I first visited in 2000 and from that moment it had always got me thinking, could that be a bike, or The bike from Elvis's
Childhood?

And so with renewed interest (thanks to that cool new photo) we set to tracking down any good images of that rusty frame and wheels. Well, we found one
and started to look extremely close comparing the 'Smokehouse' bike frame to the bike in the photo's and to our excitement what we found was that the
'Smokehouse' frame matched what was in the photos.

Joe and I have concluded that it is our personal opinions that the rusty bicycle hidden away and hanging in the 'Smokehouse' is in fact a very historical
piece of Elvis History, hanging from the ceiling is Elvis Presley's first every mode of transport.

We firmly believe that this piece of Elvis history is hidden away like it is because EPE have no idea what it is? Surely, if they did, it would be located in a
more prominent position, wouldn't it? So, we have written to EPE, pointing out our findings and hope that Elvis' first ever bike which would lead to his love
affair with Harley Davidson's etc is given the historical importance it deserves and is put in a more deserving display.

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