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By Ger Rijff

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09 (NY, 02-july-56)In this photo, of Elvis and the boys having lunch on July 2 in NY, we can clearly see the Pepsi bottles on the table. But for some reason, Pepsi-guy Elvis is pouring himself a Coke.
(see the discussion below for additional info)

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1951The 5 photos dated 2nd and 4th of july 1956 are copyrighted by A. Wertheimer.




19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Original 1956 EPE glasses, Jim.

    April 2, 2013
  2. Jim #

    Ger. those glasses . are they ‘50‘s or post ‘77?


    April 2, 2013
  3. Hey Ger:

    I never saw the Al Wertheimer photo of Elvis and the guys eating and drinking Pepsi before. Was it in one of his books, or do you have a special pipeline into his archives?

    April 4, 2013
  4. Hi there Phil, the ElvisBlog man! Found it in a box of old clippings while preparing
    this topic. It’s not one seen often, agreed.

    April 4, 2013
  5. Nice pic of the boys eating. That must be from the Hound Dog sessions?

    July 4, 2013
  6. Ger Rijff #

    Nice to see you’ve added some kool refreshing new pix to my topic, Bob.

    October 1, 2013
  7. To be honest, a couple of those pictures show him with Coke, not Pepsi.

    October 2, 2013
    • Bob #

      Which ones are you referring to James?

      October 4, 2013
      • The ones on the left, with the straw and below it where he’s pouring I believe. At least they look more like coke bottles to me.

        October 9, 2013
        • Maybe not though. The pouring one appears to be the same time as the lunch at the stdio and the bottle on the table look like Pepsi. I suspect they would be the same.

          October 9, 2013
        • nenabunena #

          In June Juanico’s book, Elvis would order cokes and not pepsis. In the televised 1977 concert, singing Unchained Melody, he has coke paper cups on his piano. Maybe Elvis likes both coke and pepsi but prefers pepsi? I like both Mountain Dew and Coke but coke is my favorite. I would once in a while choose MD over coke just to drink something different, maybe that’s how it is with him? Or they simply ran out of pepsi?

          February 6, 2023
  8. Ger Rijff #

    I don’t think so, James!! Maybe where’s he’s sipping thru a straw ( S. A. show)
    it’s coke and not Pepsi… I can’t tell? All other bottles shown, imo, are the
    genuine Pepsi bottles. Coke bottles were smaller sized.

    October 4, 2013
    • Right, hard to tell. Here’s an inconclusive comparison I posted on your FB

      October 9, 2013
      • Bob #

        Thanks for the comparison. Even though it ‘wouldn’t make much sense to have both Pepsi and Coke bottles on the table, from your photo I would say Elvis is indeed pouring from a Coke bottle.
        There is a 3rd and more wellknown photo of him holding a bottle from that day. But I can’t find that particular pic at the moment. That one might shed more light on this.

        I’ve located the 3rd pic, and I’ve added it to the bottom of the topic. This is clearly a Coke bottle!
        There’s Pepsi on the table, but Pepsi-guy Elvis is pouring himself a Coke. Makes sense.

        October 9, 2013
        • Definitely clear there. Thanks for the confirmation.

          October 9, 2013
  9. Ger Rijff #

    Ha! Ha! A genuine topic discussion on our site! This must be a first,
    right, Bob? From one of the Wertheimer books I remember Al made mention
    of the fact one of Elvis his cousins had picked up lunch for everybody involved
    in the RCA studio… sandwiches, milk and Cokes…bought at a Bar/Restaurant
    across the RCA building. Probably both Cokes & Pepsis? Or The Coke might
    have come from a Soda machine standing inside the studio itself?
    It’s possible Elvis got himself a coke after they had run out of his favourite
    Pepsi brand during lunch?!

    October 10, 2013
  10. Ger Rijff #

    Some great additions from his days in Germany! Had never noticed these before.
    Excellent detective work as always, master Bob!

    January 10, 2015
  11. Elisabeth #

    That’s my mom in the pics with Elvis drinking Pepsi. Germany 1958-59, “Win a Date With Elvis Contest” pictures. Can be found in Life Magazine (red cover).

    October 26, 2016
    • Perry Christner #

      I just bought five original photos of that contest with winners of that contest and information on the back. One is Rosemary Jasper from what the back says.

      Please contact me.

      Perry Chrisnter

      August 4, 2018

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