august 1953


Today in History: June 1st 1926 | Norma Jeane was born.

91 years ago today we gained a flower. And that flower bloomed. It got so big and beautiful; that even when it died. No one forgot it.

❝Always be yourself. Retain individuality; listen to the truest part of yourself. Study if you can. Get a good teacher. Believe in yourself. Have confidence too.❞ ~ To George Barris, 1962.

❝I believe that you shouldn’t do anything in life until you’re ready. Half of life’s heartaches come from decisions that were made in a hurry.❞ ~To Gadsden Times, 1960.

❝I could never pretend something I didn’t feel. I could never make love if I didn’t love. And if I loved, I could no more hide that than the color of my eyes.❞ ~My Story

❝I’m trying to find myself as a person. Sometimes that’s not easy to do. Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do.❞ ~To Allen Levy, Redbook, 1962.

❝Fame will go by, and so long, I’ve had you fame. If it goes by I’ve always known it was a fickle. So at least it’s something I experience. But it’s not where I live.❞ ~To Meryman, 1962.

❝After all, if I can’t be myself, then who can I be I would like to know?❞ ~To Pete Martin, 1956.

❝Starting tomorrow I will take care of myself for that’s all I really have and as I see it now, have ever had.❞ ~Handwritten note

❝I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.❞ ~My Story

❝Those who know me better, know better.❞ ~To STAG, August 1953.

❝I don’t want to be just a woman alone. I want to belong.❞ ~To PARADE, 1952.

We’ll forever be holding a good thought for you Marilyn. ♡ 


Original art for illustration, not dated.

The End of the Moon Science Fiction Plus (back-cover), August, 1953.

Wonder Stories (cover), August, 1930.

The Robot Aliens (Wonder Stories illustration), February, 1935.

The Robot Aliens (Wonder Stories cover illustration ), February, 1935.

Amazing Stories (back cover), October, 1945.

Frank R. Paul (1884–1963)
Unseen Sylvia Plath letters claim domestic abuse by Ted Hughes
Unpublished correspondence from the poet to her former therapist records allegation of beating and says that he told her he wished she was dead
By Danuta Kean

“Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal. The two accusations are among explosive claims in unseen correspondence written in the bitter aftermath of one of literature’s most famous and destructive marriages.

Written between 18 February 1960 and 4 February 1963, a week before her death, the letters cover a period in Plath’s life that has remained elusive to readers and scholars alike. While the American writer, who was living in England during that time, was a prolific letter writer and had kept detailed journals since the age of 11, after her death Hughes said his wife’s journals from this time were lost, including the last volume, which he said he destroyed to protect their children, Frieda and Nicholas.

Sent to Dr Ruth Barnhouse – the model for Dr Nolan in Plath’s autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, who treated the writer in the US after her first documented attempt to kill herself in August 1953 – the correspondence is understood to be one of Plath’s only surviving uncensored accounts of her last months, in which she produced some of her most famous poetry, including the collection Ariel.”


On this day in music history: July 5, 1954 - Elvis Presley records “That’s All Right” at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.  Presley is signed to Sun Records by label owner Sam Phillips, after the then eighteen year old truck driver visits the studio in August of 1953 to record an acetate disc as a birthday gift for his mother. Believing that Elvis has the potential to become a major star, they struggle for several months to find the right song for his debut release. Paired with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, they are in the studio again going over material when during a break, Elvis begins singing the rhythm and blues number “That’s All Right”. Moore and Black immediately fall in behind Presley, and all realize that  they are on to something. “That’s All Right” is written and originally recorded by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup in 1946, a Mississippi born laborer and sharecropper turned musician. Elvis records the released version of the song in just a few takes. The single is backed by a cover version of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”, recorded two days later on July 7, 1954. Released as Sun 209 on July 19, 1954, it quickly becomes a local hit in Memphis . Local Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips at WHBQ (no relation to Sam Phillips), immediately begins playing the record, spinning it fourteen times in one evening. Though the record does not chart nationally, it is a sizable regional hit, selling over 20,000 copies, and marks the beginning of Elvis Presley’s iconic career. “That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” are reissued as a limited edition 7" in April of 2010 for Record Store Day, packaging it in a picture sleeve, and including a free mp3 download of both tracks.  "That’s All Right" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame" in 1998.