Sorry, this does not look real to me. Possibly one of the Hans Baker forgeries. He was a well known Elvis forger and a lot have fooled people. The stamped/printed army numbers on the back look like something he did a lot.
"the stamped/printed army numbers on the back look like something he did a lot" -
he did a lot ?? Richard that i wanted to learn from my post: are such stamped/framed items known and where can i see them ?? i searched the net several times but without success. if someone "did a lot like something" as you say i should find at least ONE !?
Sorry, not real and I dont think a Hans forgery. He was better than this! He fooled the experts. Cant see this one fooling anyone.
Agree Steve - Hans was way better than that.. unfortunately.
thanks for your thoughts, Richard and Steve. anyone else with different ideas regarding this item ??
of course i know there are high numbers of forgeries around but it's just strange to believe Elvis's fanmail from Germany has been handled that way (with a framed but forged signed photography).
Poor quality drawn signature IMO.
I guess I can help a little on the army stamp issue. I have been an Elvis collector for years and specialised a little on his autographs. On several items I own from his military era, he used a stamp to mark his personal belongings or even autographed postcards.
You can see a photo of this stamp that he often used together with an "E.A.P." stamp.
PS: I have not been active here for a long while due to many reasons (too busy...)