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This portrait of General Robert E. Lee a week after surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War - April 16, 1865


These Armed troops blocking off a road near an explosion at an oil factory near Texas City, Texas on April 17, 1947


“Cab Stand” in Madison Square Park, New York circa 1900


Elvis Presley meets secretly with President Nixon in 1970


“An Oasis in the Badlands”, Red Hawk of the Oglala Sioux on horseback, circa 1905


Women painting World War II propaganda posters in Port Washington, New York, on July 8, 1942


See all of the 25 stunning colorized photos here. 


Elvis Presley Owned “TCB” Smith & Wesson .38 Caliber Pistol

Estimated Price: $25,000 - $30,000


The offered 1969 Smith & Wesson Model 36 .38 caliber pistol with custom “TCB” grip was owned by Elvis Presley. It was originally sold a number of years ago by the TWA captain to whom Elvis had given the gun. By the captain’s recollection as recounted in a previous auction, in late December 1970 he was working a flight from Baltimore to Kansas City when he was informed that a VIP passenger was on board with a firearm. Elvis was brought to the cockpit to meet the captain at which time he explained that he had just been in Washington, D.C. to meet with President Nixon. He related that as a result of that meeting he was now cleared to carry a concealed weapon on the flight. Elvis had just acquired his Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (forerunner to the DEA) badge during his now famous meeting with the President, and this is most likely what he showed the captain. The captain acquiesced to Elvis’ request, and even went so far as to smooth it over with the captain of Elvis’ connecting flight in Kansas City. As a gesture of thanks, Elvis presented the captain with the weapon here offered. One interesting point to consider is that since Elvis was returning from his meeting with President Nixon when he met the TWA captain, it is certainly possible that he was wearing this very weapon when he entered the White House that fateful day. Elvis had the .38 caliber nickel-plated gun’s custom black pearl grip emblazoned with his de facto personal “TCB” logo and the obligatory lightning bolt, which of course stands for “Taking Care of Business in a Flash!” It was a credo Elvis lived by and one he demanded those around him follow. The TWA captain certainly lived up to it — and was rewarded handsomely. The gun is believed to be in working order, and was fired at least once in the last 10 years. Before placing your bid, please refer to the auction terms and conditions for legal requirements to purchase firearms. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Condition Report: The gun is in working condition and shows only slight signs of wear on the grip and several small areas of the nickle plated finish.

While this is part of The Auction At Graceland, it is not available to bid on at the eBay collection offerings; you’ll need to attend the event or use Invaluable to bid on the gun.

Note: Bolded text regarding the Nixon thing is my own hot idea ;)


[Top] “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

[Bottom]  “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out ot be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.”

~ John Ehrlichman


January 9th 1913: Richard Nixon born

On this day in 1913, the future 37th President of the United States Richard Milhous Nixon was born. Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California and later represented his state in the House of Representatives and the Senate as a member of the Republican Party. He made a name for himself in Congress for his role in the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee, especially in the infamous Alger Hiss case, and this led to his becoming Vice-President from 1953 to 1961 under President Eisenhower. After a closely fought campaign, he lost the 1960 election to Democrat John F. Kennedy, but later won the presidency in 1968. As President, Nixon initially increased US involvement in the ongoing Vietnam war and extended the military operations into neighboring Cambodia, but he eventually ended American involvement in the war in 1973. Nixon also made history by visiting the communist nations of China and the Soviet Union, thus easing tensions between the Cold War camps. In domestic affairs Nixon is notable for his support of affirmative action policies for African-Americans and his establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, Nixon’s previous record in office has been overshadowed by the fact that in 1974 he became the first and only US President to resign from office. This occurred after revelations about the Watergate scandal, which refers to the illegal activities carried out his administration, including the wiretapping of political rivals, and a subsequent cover-up. He was formally pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford, and tried to rehabilitate his image until he died from a stroke in 1994 aged 81.


On July 20, 1969, President Richard Nixon used this green telephone in the Oval Office to talk to the Apollo 11 astronauts while they were on the surface of the moon.

More great photos and stories at Nixon and the U.S.  Space Program 


Oval Office telephone from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

One of the first steps taken on the moon, this is an image of Buzz Aldrin’s bootprint from the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Photo Credit: NASA

Photo of Astronaut Edwin E.  “Buzz” Aldrin on the surface of the moon, next to the U.S. flag.  Photographed by Neil Armstrong, first person to set foot on the moon.  Apollo 11 mission.

Can you imagine what this man could have been had somebody loved him? Had somebody in his life cared for him? I don’t think anybody ever did, not his parents, not his peers. He would have been a great, great man had somebody loved him.
—  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, on Richard Nixon, in an interview with TIME’s Hugh Sidey

June 17th 1972: Watergate break-in

On this day in 1972, five White House operatives were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington DC. The men were aiming to wiretap the Democrats in preparation for the 1972 presidential election. The incident began the unraveling of the Nixon administration, as its illegal activities were gradually uncovered, due to the work of Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein, their informant known as ‘Deep Throat’ (later revealed to be Associate FBI Director Mark Felt) and Congressional investigations. It was soon discovered the burglars had received money that had been donated to Nixon’s re-election campaign in exchange for their silence. The administration supposedly tried to cover-up its involvement in the 1972 incident, with Nixon trying to fire the special prosecutor assigned to the case and the Attorney General. It was later discovered Nixon taped his conversations in the Oval Office and the Supreme Court ordered he hand the tapes over, which implicated the President in the cover-up and led to his resignation in 1974 to avoid impeachment. Watergate is considered one of the greatest political scandals in history, and its memory lives on today in the way scandals are often suffixed ’-gate’.