Dear Sir or Madam,
I represent the owner, a friend of mine, who is in procession of a 1953 Marilyn Monroe calendar from my father’s estate. Your company printed it, and I am curious if you have any remaining or their whereabouts, or any records of its printing, distribution, etc. It once hang at a body repair shop on 455 West 37th Street in Manhattan I want to sell it once I can establish its value. Below are the history and description. Mine is complete with the original months and the body shop printing, etc.
Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
I am 63 yrs old and I have had this calendar in a safe since 1953.that is my dad, who passed away last month has had it .
1-top left hand corner printed in black letters "KEEP YOUR BODY IN SHAPE-under that-CALL LO 5-9244
2-bottom right hand corner in very small print"MADE IN THE U.S.A
3-top and bottom of calendar with loop on top have metal strips.
4-calendar does not have the "after market" words posed by Marylyn Monroe
5-calendar is not faded, nor are the staples rusted.
Note: calendar has not seen the light of day nor the humidity in the air.
6-Golden Dreams” is on the bottom center
7-below the red velvet picture on the same paper is :DIAMOND AUTO REPAIR,BODY FENDER AND COLLISION WORKS (continues with address and detailed work. They do, hence this is where the play on words "keep your body in shape")
8-the original 12 month calendar white background black lettering with all the presidents and famous person’s birthdays with their proper dates. the prior and upcoming months are on top of these dates the way calendars were made in those days.
9-calendar is the full original size
I believe I have the only original calendar that fits all these criteria. if I am wrong, please direct me to a website or a person that has this calendar. In 1953, when a person was given a calendar with a nude unknown girl on it, they usually tore of the months off as they passed and admire the blond girl for that year, then they would go to a calendar maker and try to duplicate the thrown away 12 months in order to make an original valuable copy. All the pics I have seen were with plain black calendars with no cartoon type pictures on 1/3 of the calendar.
Here is a little history of what I have:
In 1953, when I was 7 years old, my dad owned a parking lot on west 37th St. in New York City. Sometimes he would damage a car and have to bring it to DIAMOND AUTO REPAIR in order to have it repaired before the customer would return to pick up the car. At Christmas of 1952, he gave my dad a calendar of a naked blond lady, which he tried to hide from his young son. Instead of hanging it up in his office he took the calendar home and that was the last I saw of it. About 10 years ago he gave me the calendar and I framed it with all the months still attached starting with Jan. 1953.
My dad died this past September 4th and I started to look at all the Marylyn Monroe calendar sites and I noticed all the “authentic” calendars were missing many of the words that were on my authentic calendar. Since it was first given to a body shop, the words in the upper left hand corner are, ”KEEP YOUR BODY IN SHAPE”.
My question to you is, am I the only person with a real authentic calendar, and, if so, is the calendar worth more the other authentic calendars?