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Mandolin Monroe: 1953

Mandolin Monroe: 1953

September 2, 1953. Los Angeles, California. "Marilyn Monroe with mandolin." Color transparency by Milton H. Greene for Look magazine. View full size.

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The cigarette

Is it a Kent? I think there is a brand there ,don't know if enlarging would show it. Dave?

[A Lucky. - Dave]

Keep this photo entre nous.

We don't want the PC cops airbrushing out that nasty cigarette.

Four strings

is too few for a mandolin. Perhaps a baritone ukulele. If I recall correctly, Marilyn played the uke for fun. Nice paint job!

[The mandolin MM is holding has one string per course. This is from a famous series of photos known as the "Mandolin Sitting." - Dave]


Why does she always look like a naked person who just happens to be wearing clothes?

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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