January 26, 2010

The Kiss. El Kiss.

Elkis. Elvis.

13 comments:

rhhardin said...

The Pullman car picture is interesting to guys.

Who remembers Pullman cars.

Ron said...

So, finally coming out and admitting that was you, eh, Althouse? You hunka, hunka burning love!

AllenS said...

Pullman cars were nice, if you could afford one. Otherwise you had to leave your seat and then go to the sleeping cars where you were packed like sardines.

El Pollo Real said...

Who remembers Pullman cars

The Army used to ship enlisted men around in Pullman cars. My dad took a Pullman from Louisville KY to NOLA in the early '50s when he shipped out overseas.
I don't think it was "The City of New Orleans" though.

shoutingthomas said...

Pumping iron certainly was not fashionable back in the day, was it?

Elvis is a shapeless wimp.

Chip Ahoy said...

No wait, what?

Because el beso doesn't work.

We used to stick orange peel over our teeth like that then playfully smile dumbly as if unaware our teeth were orange. Still do, actually. Bits of chocolate, caramel, etc., guess I just have to accept I'll never outgrow that.

Big Mike said...

Whoa! Looks like Elvis and the girl were giving each other a little tongue. Pretty kinky for the 1950's.

@Ron, the girl in picture #10 looks to have been in her twenties when the picture was taken, so she'd be an octogenarian (at least) if she's still around today. Can't be Althouse.

Big Mike said...

@El Pollo, the "City of New Orleans" has always run between Chicago south to New Orleans, passing through Memphis. So, unless your Dad's Pullman coach was taken to Memphis and connected to the back of the City, which might have been the case if we're talking WWII and a wartime troop movement, then, no, it wasn't the named train that Arlo Guthrie made famous.

The modern (Amtrak) City of New Orleans schedule is here.

ricpic said...

Much of Elvis appeal lies in the way he straddled the sexes. There's a word for that which I can't think of. At least I know it's not ambidextrous.

Laurie said...

Ahh,thanks for posting that link. I've never seen those pictures before! Loved the shots of unspoiled Elvis combined with the little history lesson(s) offered in context. While I'm not the kind of Elvis fan that goes to Graceland (tho I've been to Memphis many times!), I have always liked his music. Especially interesting to see these early pec pics of him bare-chested - how different from the young male studs we see pictured today - all hulked up!

Penny said...

Oddly, I spent some time searching for this picture in postcard form in Memphis last week. A friend is a collector and described "the kiss".

No wonder I didn't find it. In my mind's eye I was expecting something a bit more erotic. Is it possible these two kids in the picture didn't know their lips were better locked BEFORE all that tongue action?

Penny said...

Laurie, hard bodies and soft bodies are like chocolate and vanilla...equally tasty, depending on the flavor you prefer that day.

John Stodder said...

That last "kiss" photo was used in promotional material for Sam Shepard's play "Fool for Love." It was such a raw photo, I always wondered if it was really Elvis or just someone who looked like him.

It's good to be the King.