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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dangerous Curves: 1947

Dangerous Curves: 1947

Los Angeles, February 1947. "Young upcoming Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe practicing in dance class." Photo by J.R. Eyerman. View full size.

classic

Poor ol marilyn: she is STILL the last word in feminine beauty; something about her look defies class, era, age group and even 'tribal affiliation' (By which i mean hippy, punky, yuppie, folksie, etc)

I am sure it would take no more than 5 minutes in photoshop to reveal the lovely smile. In fact I am going to do it right now on a download copy.
If you are remotely interested, i will post back the result.

Beautiful Silhouette

Still a goddess, even when you can barely see that beautiful face. Thank you so much for these, Shorpy, they're as gorgeous as she was.

Marilyn's career

I saw an article recently that explained that about half of what propelled Marilyn Monroe's career was the amount of publicity she got in magazines.
It was shots like this, as much as her movie work, which helped ctreat the legend.

Stunning

What an amazing woman. Yes, indeed, the stars all lined up for her. It's wonderful to see these pictures.

Dark Star

One of the most beautiful film-noir style photos of her I've ever seen! Didn't all the stars in the heavens seem to line up for her for a while, indeed. Beyond the wistfulness, such beauty as hers is a rarity in this day and age and man-o-man what a pic! Thanks for these current postings of Marilyn as it ALWAYS makes my day.

So Different

What a wonderful glimpse into the life of the young Marilyn. So different than the typical image of her.

 
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