post 1962

Stuart Sutcliffe’s Cream Wallet
Circa 1960

The cream leather wallet with ‘Stuart’ written in blue ink inside and ‘Stuart .F.V. Sutcliffe’ written in Stuart’s hand in black ink on the inside flap, contained in the wallet is a portrait photograph of Astrid with a note on the reverse written in Astrid’s hand “I love you for ever and always. You are my love of my life.”

A small clipped photograph portrait of Stuart taken by Astrid, a colour transparency of Astrid wearing a black swimming costume, a British Railways Harwich-Hook Of Holland Night Service leaflet advertising reservations, written twice on the reverse in Stuart’s hand is the name of his art tutor E Paolozzi, with a South Kensington address, and three abstract doodles, a newspaper clipping listing 'Elvis’ latest single’, a certificate of posting receipt dated 1962, a German telephone number and German stamp.

ABCs of Marilyn Monroe

→ D: Dress size

Marilyn’s dress size has been up for debate for years. Rumours that she was a size 16 (UK) were widely believe to be true. In April 2009, a journalist for The Times, who was a size 12 (UK) had the chance to try some of Marilyn’s clothes on. To her surprise, the clothing did not fit - and it wasn’t because they were too big! Quite the opposite actually, the clothes were too small. It is her opinion, which cannot be denied, is credible, due to her own experience, that Marilyn was a size 8 (UK) or at her “heavier” moments a size 10 in today’s sizes. Although Marilyn was a very curvy woman, she was a lot smaller than many people believe and in reality would never have fit size 16 clothing.