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Monday, January 31, 2011

MARILYN MONROE CALENDAR HISTORY

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MARILYN MONROE SUNOCO ADVERTISING CALENDAR 1947

MARILYN MONROE CALENDAR HISTORY
In 1946 Norma Jeane began using the stage name Marilyn Monroe, but did not legally change her name until February 23, 1956. During the 1940s Marilyn was modeling & posing for pinup calendars as well as magazine covers. The 1947 calendar entitled The Right Number ~ Sunoco is one of her first pinup calendar appearances. This calendar pre-dates the famous Tom Kelly session.

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MARILYN MONROE CHAMPION CALENDAR CAUGHT SHORT 1953

Between the production of Love Happy in 1949 & its release in the spring of 1950, Marilyn hit her lowest point financially. With no film work on the horizon & few modeling prospects Marilyn could not make ends meet. Desperate for cash she agreed to pose completely nude for photographer Tom Kelley on the condition that his wife Natalie be present during the session. Marilyn was only paid $50.00 for the photo session.

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MARILYN MONROE CHAMPION CALENDAR COMING OUT ON TOP 1954

On May 27, 1949 Marilyn posed for the calendar photograph that would one day make her a household name. She signed the release form 'Mona Monroe' in a halfhearted effort to mask her identity. Kelley produced 24 transparencies of two basic poses, one a full-length profile of Marilyn lying on red velvet, the other a seated Marilyn with her head tossed back & legs tucked beneath her.

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MARILYN MONROE CALENDAR ENTRANCING 1954

MARILYN MONROE RED VELVET SITTING
Contrary to popular belief the full-length profile shot entitled 'A New Wrinkle' became the original calendar photo. The second pose titled 'Golden Dreams' became the most popular of the two appearing on calendars, decks of cards, key chains, toy TV viewers, coasters, trays, glasses & a host of other collectibles. In December of 1953 'Golden Dreams' was used to launch the premiere issue of Hugh Hefner's Playboy magazine.

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MARILYN MONROE CHAMPION CALENDAR 1957

THE GOLDEN DREAM CALENDARS
The Golden Dreams calendars were produced throughout the 1950s & early 1960s. The 1952 calendars never had her name on them. In March 1952, wire journalist Aline Mosby broke the story that starlet Marilyn Monroe was the nude calendar girl. Most 1953 calendars were produced with Marilyn Monroe's name on them. Some were printed Marilyn Monroe & others were printed Posed By Marilyn Monroe. A few rare 1953 calendars do not have her name on them because they used 1952 lithographic prints. All Golden Dreams calendars produced after 1953 have the Marilyn Monroe name on them.

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MARILYN MONROE ADVERTISING (AD) CALENDAR 1955

COMPANY ADVERTISING
The most desirable Marilyn Monroe Calendars feature Company Advertising. Old phone numbers & addresses help to confirm the age of the calendar & add to their charm. It is highly recommended for collectors to purchase a calendar with the company advertising intact. Marilyn Monroe Advertising Calendars can be a substantial investment, however one can be assured to have something that is an authentic original vintage calendar.

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MARILYN MONROE CALENDAR OVERLAY 1954

COLLECTING CALENDARS
Calendars have existed for thousands of years & were used by the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Romans & the Greeks. Calendars are usually collected for their colorful illustrations, often attributed to a well recognized artist of the period. Advertising calendars are also widely sought, particularly those showing company products. Calendar collecting is also a great companion to other collecting areas like Movie & TV collectibles. Original Marilyn Monroe Golden Dreams calendars can garner thousands of dollars, depending on year, size & condition...

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MARILYN MONROE THOMPSONS SALESMAN CALENDAR 1954

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NORMA JEANE CALENDAR A NEW WRINKLE 1962-1992
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TOM KELLY IN HIS STUDIO WITH A NEW WRINKLE CALENDAR 1953

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5 comments :

Gary and Gracie said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MARILYN MONROE! Excellent Info & beautiful calendars. We will check out your eBay auctions...

Happy February & Valentine's Day,
Gary and Gracie

LYNDY WARD said...

Thanks Gary & Gracie, we LOVE Marilyn Monroe too! We will be adding more Marilyn & Pinup calendars all month, actually all year...

XOXOs For Valentine's Day
Lyndy

Lacy and Suzie said...

This is a fab Hollywood Glam Blog! WE LOVE IT TOO! We just bought one of your Marilyn Monroe calendars today & have purchased two others from you. You have the very best Marilyn calendars on Ebay, not to mention the Internet.

Thanks For The Cool MM Gift,
Lacy and Suzie

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Lacy & Suzie, I'm so glad you guys love Marilyn too. :) l'm also very pleased you are happy with our Marilyn calendars.

Your sweet comment means the world to me! Keep watching our auctions for more unique & almost OOAK (One Of A Kind) rare pinup calendars. They are the cream of the crop & oh so very GLAM!!!

XOXOs & Happy Valentine's Month,
Lyndy

Matt said...

Great Marilyn Monroe Calendar History. Very neat that you're selling these calendars. Heading over to your Ebay store next.

Matt