FROM ANONYMOUS TO MONONYMOUS! Within a half dozen years she would go from nameless to being known by just one name! That historic progression can be traced through this unmatched group of 10 COMPLETE magazines graced by full size photos of the model who would become Marilyn Monroe. It is fascinating to watch her rise to fame, starting with her first nationally circulated issue and first solo cover: the coveted April 26, 1946, 'Family Circle,' uncredited in a wholesome gingham frock lifting a poor little lamb 'who's lost its way.' She'd next 'go astray' in the racy pinup periodical 'Laff,' appearing in August 1946 on the cover in a yellow two-piece, unimaginatively credited as 'Jean Norman'; and in a white bikini on the January 1947 cover as 'Norma Jean Daugherty' (they misspelled Dougherty). Amazingly, 'Picture Post' (the 'Life' magazine of Britain) featured the unknown, uncredited blonde 'from across the pond' on its cover three times between 1947-49, so they must have seen something special. Five oversized issues of Picture Post are included, three different. She's finally known as 'Marilyn Monroe' in the August 1949 edition of 'Glamorous Models, adorning a vivid red cover with that amazing smile (future friend Mamie Van Doren is also in the issue, using her real name of 'Joan Olander'). MM's first national cover as 'the little lamb' had been taken on a working road trip in 1945 by rising lensman Andre de Dienes, whose first impression was of 'an earthly, sexy-looking angel.' But when their car got stuck in a snow drift outside the Government Lodge in Oregon, the young model gave de Dienes, in his words, 'a night of blissful intimacy I treasured for years to come.' And one they commemorated with 'a roll in the snow' the next morning, which became the cover of 'Art Photography' in January 1952 - ironically her last uncredited appearance before she'd become a household name! All offered in good to very good condition and form a timeless timeline towards super-stardom.

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