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Elvis at 21: The Wertheimer Signature Collection Apparel Line Now Available

August 06, 2012



Critically acclaimed New York photojournalist, Alfred Wertheimer, recently announced the release of Elvis at 21: The Wertheimer Signature Collection, an apparel line of t-shirts featuring rare, early images of Elvis Presley.  

Available from Campus Collection, Inc. centered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wertheimer’s iconic images are offered on high quality, custom screen printed t-shirts for wholesale retail and distribution. Learn more about the new apparel line by visiting www.elvisat21.net/apparel.

The line is produced in collaboration with Campus Collection, Inc., a custom apparel screen printing company based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Included in the apparel collection are extraordinarily rare images documenting early television performances of “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes” on the well-known Stage Show in New York, stealing a kiss backstage before a concert in Richmond, Virginia, traveling south aboard the Southern Railway’s “Birmingham Special” to visit friends and family, and performing before a crowded audience on the Fourth of July in Memphis, Tennessee.

Included in the apparel collection are extraordinarily rare images documenting early television performances of “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes” on the well-known Stage Show in New York, stealing a kiss backstage before a concert in Richmond, Virginia, traveling south aboard the Southern Railway’s “Birmingham Special” to visit friends and family, and performing before a crowded audience on the Fourth of July in Memphis, Tennessee.  Unparalleled in their documentation of Elvis Presley, Elvis at 21 presents some of the most engaging of Wertheimer images to be worn, shared, and treasured.

"Elvis at 21" is currently on display at Memphis’s Pink Palace Museum in conjunction with their new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer.” The exhibition features a number of Wertheimer’s most iconic original photographs of Elvis Presley and runs until October 14, 2012. Following its showing in Memphis, Wertheimer’s Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition will open at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and will run from November 3, 2012 to February 3, 2013.  

Based in New York, Alfred Wertheimer has been captivating audiences with his candid photography for nearly six decades. He began his career as a freelance photographer in 1955, publishing photos in well-known magazines such as Life and Paris Match. It was just one short year later that Wertheimer first met Elvis Presley and turned a brief assignment into the opportunity of a lifetime. It was that year, 1956, that a young, 21 year-old Elvis Presley first recorded a studio album, first performed on television, and first appeared on the silver screen. In essence, 1956 was the year that Elvis became a star and Wertheimer captured it all on film. Over the course of the next two years, from 1956 to 1958, Wertheimer shot approximately 2,500 photos of Elvis Presley, only a portion of which have been made available to the public.

Elvis at 21: The Wertheimer Signature Collection presents a rare glimpse into a pivotal time in the life of Elvis Presley. Taken in 1956, the same year Elvis turned 21, Wertheimer’s photographs document many of the unstaged and unguarded moments in the life of a young musician at the start of his journey to rock ‘n’ roll fame.  Only Wertheimer was granted such close, repeated, and intimate access to Elvis on his legendary journey.  Between March 17 and July 4, 1956, Wertheimer accompanied Elvis on a number of important occasions along this journey, taking them from New York to Richmond, Virginia to Memphis, Tennessee.  

This close access allowed Wertheimer to capture a young Elvis Presley in all aspects of his daily life, including performing, rehearsing, relaxing, spending time with family, and, of course, charming young women – all of which are represented in "Elvis at 21."