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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Dreamy Marilyn: 1961

Dreamy Marilyn: 1961

1961. "Marilyn Monroe posed on a bed under white sheets." Photo by Douglas Kirkland for the Look magazine assignment "Four for Posterity." View full size.

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Incredibly Beautiful

Dressed or undressed, sitting, standing or lying down, Marilyn had a type of beauty few women of her era could match.

Two women captivated my youthful imagination like no others: Marilyn, with her blond hair, and Liz Taylor with her jet black tresses.

Marilyn's death at an early age was a tragedy: I often wonder how she would have looked as she grew older.

A Truly Beautiful Woman

There are equally beautiful women today too, but not like her. She was one of a kind. Exceptional and unique.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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