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Publicity photograph of Ricky Nelson

This is one of a group of mounted photographs collected by Sydney-based tour manager Max Moore. It is relevant to the history of concert tours of Australia by overseas artists in the 1950s and early 1960s, and helps illustrate the remarkable career of promoter Lee Gordon. From 1954 to 1962, American-born Gordon brought the world's biggest musical stars to Australia's entertainment-starved masses. The photo was mounted on to chipboard for display in Moore's office.

Max Moore (23 January 1923- …


Object No.


Object Statement

Photograph, publicity, Ricky Nelson, autographed, paper / chipboard, photographer unknown, used by Max Moore, Australia, 1960

Physical Description

Portrait-format black and white photograph of Ricky Nelson, posing for the camera and wearing a striped shirt. The photograph is autographed with a personal message to Max Moore. The photograph is mounted on a thick piece of chipboard with black painted sides. A white sticker label on the reverse bears Max Moore's handwritten words, 'Ricky Nelson'.


Autographed in ink, 'To Max / Best always' and signed 'Rick Nelson'.
Handwritten in blue ink on white sticker label on reverse, 'RICKY / NELSON'.



236 mm


191 mm


10 mm



Photographer and printer unknown. The photo was mounted on to chipboard for display in the office of Max Moore.



This photograph is one of a series collected by Max Moore, as a reminder of the entertainers with whom he worked during his long career as a show business tour manager based in Sydney. Artists' managers or agents sent photos of their entertainers to the Australian promoters, to be used for publicity purposes in concert programs, newspapers and magazine articles. From his earliest days with promoter Lee Gordon, Moore would often ask the artists to sign the photos, and many autographs include a warm dedication to him. This photo was kept by Moore at Lee Gordon's office in the Weaver Building at 151 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay. Lee Gordon died in 1963. His company Big Show Pty Ltd was wound up and Max Moore took possession of the photograph.

When he left the Lee Gordon organisation, Moore continued the practice of having touring artists sign publicity photos which he then had mounted on chipboard. For many years the photographs were proudly displayed in his office, as pictured on the cover of his 2003 autobiography 'Some Days are Diamonds'.


Credit Line

Gift of Robert Moore, 2012

Acquisition Date

9 March 2012

Cite this Object


Publicity photograph of Ricky Nelson 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 August 2022, <>


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