Elvis and Alfred Wertheimer

It happened in the Chattanooga Train Station Cafeteria. At a stop to change trains, during the trip from New York to Memphis. July 4, 1956.

“One time, at the Chattanooga Tennessee railway station, we are waiting to change trains.

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Elvis walked over to a magazine rack and picked up a film magazine. He found a picture of himself inside the magazine and said, ”Al, do you have a pen?’

I gave him one and he wrote his name inside the magazine. He then walked up to the girl working there at the counter. Elvis had the magazine open to the page where his photo was, and he showed it to the girl.

I looked at him through my lens to capture the moment, and he stared back at me with a huge Cheshire cat grin.

The girl told him: “It’s 35 cents, sir.”

Elvis laughing said: ”No, this is for you. I’m Elvis Presley.

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Finally the girl agreed and I loved the magazine.

In the meantime, I was capturing images of all of this, which is really what Elvis wanted. I knew one day I would be very famous.”

Alfred Wertheimer.

This photo captures the moment.

Information provided by Elvis. El Chico de Tupelo

Rosa Garcia Mora.



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