Elvis Presley photographed in a room on the sixth floor of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, last week of July 1956. Photo by journalist Lloyd Shearer, on assignment for "Parade" magazine. Later that day Elvis would get a fresh haircut at Jim’s Barber Shop on Main Street in Memphis.
Edward Pembroke, Peabody Hotel's original Duckmaster and creator of the famous March of the Peabody Ducks. An animal trainer when he arrived at the Peabody in 1940, he trained the hotel's resident ducks to march on the red carpet to John Philip Sousa's "King Cotton March," earning him the title of Duckmaster, a position he held for 50 years.
Peabody Hotel, Memphis and the famous Peabody ducks. In the morning, this red carpet is rolled out, and a person dressed like a beefeater calls for the ducks, the elevator door opens, and out they come to the fountain where they hang out all day, and then it's reversed at night. Funny thing to watch, incredible hotel.
The Christmas tree in The Peabody Memphis Grand Lobby stands 30 feet tall and has approximately 20,000 lights on it. It takes 20 florists 7 hours to set up and decorate. There are an additional 11 Christmas trees and 600 feet of lighted garland used to decorate the Lobby, Mezzanine and remainder of the hotel.