His Masters Voice 2

His Master's Voice (Sweden) / c. 1955

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Design: Perhaps the most recognizable face in movie history, with its sultry expression, looking seductively over a softly rounded shoulder, over which a lacy negligee is slipping down, occupies half the label, in an unusual vertical format. The original image has been rotated 90 degrees; Marilyn Monroe is actually lying down on a bed. The typography is carelessly assembled, but then who is looking at the left hand side of the label?

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Kjell Thorsen of Norway, who notes that this record was made in Sweden in the mid-1950s, a time when Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson, 1926-1962) had already reached the height of fame as a sex symbol and was struggling to discover her self-identity and establish herself as a serious actress (with mixed results, owing to a growing and eventually fatal dependence on drugs).




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