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…In 1954 Marilyn Monroe was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for surgery for endometriosis, a condition of the womb which caused her a lot of physical pain. She was admitted as Marilyn DiMaggio, interestingly.

This image of her chest was made by a radiology resident, and when that student later became a doctor and taught at the school he would show this to his students, which we guess was a good way to keep them interested during a lecture. Eventually the scan “migrated” into private hands (those of the doctor’s daughter), and it went up for auction and sold for $45,000 in 2010. That makes us about seven years late on this story, but the image so interested us we thought we’d post it anyway…

A typed file copy letter dated June 1, 1962, beneath “5th Helena” addressed “Dear Lee and Paula:” and reading in part, “The most important thing in my life is my work, my work with you. The Actors Studio is my home. … I wonder if you realize what the work has meant to me. … The studio is for the theatre and for life. Marlon and I are having talks and we hope to persuade you to come to California for awhile to do work with us. Thank you Lee for being my friend and my teacher. Thank you Paula, for being with me and really truly directing the good and right moments on film. … When I think of home it is New York and the Actors Studio. That is where I can exist in the human race. Love, Marilyn.”


The Wedge by Daniel Stocker
Via Flickr:
Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ at the RM Sotheby’s Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza auction 2017

know a fence but the idea of exo being these geeky hs students in a parallel universe that just sit around all day and play video games together is probably the best thing ever? i want embarrassing gamertags / usernames w petty arguments over who got the kill + trash talking on multiplayer & stalking ebay auctions for vintage jpn imports + arcade runs after school. and on top of it they’re all obsessed w this one game revolving around a group of alien superheros and all own a bunch of merch + every spin-off comic and even assigned each other a name & power taken from the actual ‘characters’ themselves bye

Atlantic City Pageant. 1925. Anonymous.

19 7⁄8 x 28 in./50.6 x 71 cm

The “national beauty tournament” advertised here is none other than the 5th Miss America Pageant, held on the Million Dollar Pier of Atlantic City on September 11, 1925. “Reports were received that King Neptune somehow fell into the ocean and had to be pulled out (‘rescued’) by lifeguards. Also on hand for the final night of pageant activities was Triton, son of Neptune, played by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr” (San Antonio Light, p. 2). The winner was Fay Lanphier, who appeared the next year in a film called “The American Venus” alongside Louise Brooks.