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September 19, 2011

Graceland: A Kitschtastic Paradise –Part II

By RetroRuth

Here is the second part of the Graceland tour, as was promised last week! 



The Jungle Room!




The famous “three TV” room. Although, how I missed getting a shot of all three TV’s at the same time is baffling. What was I thinking? I will have to put it down to too much Elvis excitement.


Folded fabric! On the walls!



More Elvis decorating.


This is actually an office that we walked next to, but I HAD to take a picture of this lamp.  It was hard because it was through a window, but I knew you guys would want to see a lamp that has THREE STARLIGHT LIGHTBULBS ON THE BASE ITSELF! !!!   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Here are some shots from the museum, which was very cool. However, I have forgotten the origins and explanations for a lot of this stuff. So instead, I am going to show you a list of items that I found on Wikipedia for Graceland. Apparently, Elvis required that the following items be in stock in Graceland’s kitchen at all times:

  • fresh, lean, unfrozen ground meat
  • one case regular Pepsi
  • one case orange drinks
  • rolls (hot rolls – Brown ‘n’ Serve)
  • at least 6 cans of biscuits
  • hamburger buns
  • pickles
  • potatoes and onions
  • assorted fresh fruits
  • cans of sauerkraut
  • wieners


  • at least three bottles each of milk and Half and Half.
  • thin, lean bacon
  • mustard
  • peanut butter
  • fresh, hand-squeezed cold orange juice
  • banana pudding (to be made fresh nightly)
  • ingredients for meat loaf and sauce
  • brownies (to be made fresh nightly)
  • ice cream – vanilla and chocolate
  • shredded coconut
  • fudge cookies


  • 3 packs each of Spearmint, Doublemint, and Juicy Fruit gum
  • cigars (El Producto Diamond Tips & El Producto Altas)
  • cigarettes
  • Dristan
  • Super Anahist
  • Contac
  • Sucrets (antibiotic red box)
  • Feenamint gum
  • matches (four to five books)

Oh, that Elvis.


This picture doesn’t even come close to showing how awesome his jumpsuits are in person!


Priscilla’s wedding dress!


A little restaurant on the main property, not actually in the home itself.  I loved the color, especially the booths.


And, finally, Elvis’s kidney-shaped pool. Behind that you can see his final resting place.

Hope you enjoyed this photo tour of Graceland! If you get a chance, I totally recommend going there. It was a blast!

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4 Responses to Graceland: A Kitschtastic Paradise –Part II

  1. sablemable Reply

    September 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuth! I had forgotten about the TV room until I saw the yellow/black decor. Kinda stands out.

    Interesting list of stuff he wanted on hand-was surprised to see that bananas weren’t specifically mentioned since he loved PB&B sammies. Good ol’ boy must have loved hot dogs and sauerkraut, too! LOL!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    September 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    What a totally awesome place! That lamp is FAB too and I love that little 50s diner restaurant! I will definitely have to make it back someday. The only time I was there was when I lived in TN, in the 70s, and Graceland was not open for tours yet.

  3. Andrea Reply

    September 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

    That diner is too cute! I am in utter amazement at that fabric room – wow, that is a lot of fabric, and all pleated so precisely!

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    September 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Sable – Maybe rumors of his PB& banana sandwich consumption have been greatly exaggerated? 🙂

    Sara – Isn’t that lamp nuts??? I LOVED it. Tom had to peel me off the window.

    Andrea – That fabric room blew my mind. I couldn’t believe it. I asked the docent how they kept it all clean, but they just shrugged their shoulders. Vaccuming, maybe?

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