RARE AIR: Marilyn's FIRST COVER! Ultra rare in-house magazine (Volume 13, Number 1, 24 pages) of the Douglas airplane manufacturing company depicting an unknown 19-year-old model named Norma Jeane Dougherty (taken two years before actor-turned-movie exec Ben Lyon & wife Bebe Daniels dubbed her 'Marilyn Monroe'). The demure brunette is sitting beside one gentleman passenger and opposite an older couple on board a Douglas Aircraft DC-6. Ironically, Marilyn's famous figure is largely hidden as she sits at the window seat. This is the very first magazine cover on which Marilyn ever appeared!--having been discovered months earlier in a factory coincidentally spraying AIRCRAFT PARTS with fire retardant by a photographer sent by stateside Army Capt. Ronald Reagan! 'The first Norma Jeane appearance ANYWHERE,' raves one expert. 'It is simply called 'THE GRAIL' by Marilyn Monroe collectors. Historically, it is of astounding importance.' Inside the magazine, as part of an article titled 'Sky Luxury Show Room,' are additional photos of Norma Jeane lounging in the then-'first in flight' upper bunk bed, wearing a modest black nightie (a harbinger of her iconic scene in 'Some Like It Hot' a dozen years hence). The photographs were taken in December 1945 in Santa Monica, mere miles from the Van Nuys Radioplane Munitions Factory where she worked. Good condition.

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