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Joni Mabe’s Panoramic Encyclopedia of Everything Elvis

Watch This Is Atlanta on PBA30 Atlanta's PBS StationSo you think you’re an Elvis fan? Meet Joni Mabe, the Queen of the King.

Joni was listening to Elvis on the radio the day he died in 1977. That night she made her first piece of Elvis art and today she has about 30,000 Elvis objects including posters, lunchboxes, decanters, bedspreads, toenail clippers and of course her own unique pieces.

Joni is probably most famous for the "Elvis Wart," which was removed from Elvis’ hand before he joined the army in 1958. She has turned down several offers for it, including one from a group called "Americans for Cloning Elvis."

Joni Mabe’s Encyclopedia of Everything Elvis is in Cornelia, about 71 miles from Atlanta. The collection is housed in the Loudermilk Boarding House Museum, a historic building in itself.


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