Elvis and Nixon: The Animated GIF

by Sally J.

in Entertaining History, Free Articles / Blog


December 21, 1970. Elvis asks Nixon for a narc badge. True story, #NotTheOnion.

So I’ve known about animated gifs for a while, but I never tried to create one until now. Can’t imagine a better set of historic photos to animate than the bizarre chapter of the Nixon presidency when Elvis came by for a visit:

Elvis was traveling with some guns and his collection of police badges, and he decided that what he really wanted was a badge from the federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs back in Washington. “The narc badge represented some kind of ultimate power to him,” Priscilla Presley would write in her memoir, Elvis and Me. “With the federal narcotics badge, he [believed he] could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.”

You can read more about this incident in Smithsonian Magazine

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