Posted 5 years ago
There are a ton of fake/repro/reprinted Marilyn Monroe "Golden Dreams" calendars out there on the market. This is NOT one of them. This is the real deal (as best I can determine in my research).
From what I understand, it is genuine first edition because:
~ There is no notation by MM's hip reading "Posed by Marilyn Monroe" (she was barely known in 1953). That was added later.
~ Later issues did not have "Made in U.S.A. on the photo (this one has it printed on the lower right edge).
~ 1953 was one of the earliest years the photo was used on calendars.
Also helping to date & confirm the age is the advertising, which uses an old-style telephone # (Riceville 2622).
This particular calendar was found tucked away in my family's retail store in a nearby small town in 1976 when we closed up the business. Found with it was another 1955 calendar that featured Lili St. Cyr posing on a tiger-skin rug! Men of a certain age know that name ~ she was a well-known burley-q star who also started the first large scale mail order biz for.... um, 'erotic' lingere.
Ol' Elmer sure knew how to pick the subjects for his annual calendars!