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  • Marilyn Monroe First Cover 1946

1946 Douglas Airview, 1st Marilyn Monroe Cover

January 1946 issue of Douglas Airview, published by Douglas Aircraft. Volume 13, No.1. 24 pages.

This magazine featured Marilyn Monroe's first cover, and her first paid product endorsement. Within a year she had appeared on 33 national magazine covers, among them Playboy magazine.

According to Monroe collector Clark Kidder:

"...the Playboy is fairly easy to find, but Monroe's first magazine cover, according to Kidder, was the January 1946 issue of Douglas Airview, an in-house magazine for the Douglas airplane manufacturing company. Here Monroe and three other models pose as two couples, old and young, enjoying the spacious interior of the new DC-6 airplane. Monroe is already showing an early version of that famous smile, but she's conservatively dressed, and, oddly enough, mostly hidden behind her seat mate, a large slick-haired fellow with an ill-fitting striped suit. Though the photo doesn't serve the model well, this magazine recently brought $2,100 in an on-line auction."

According to an August 2006 Mountain States Collector review of Kidder's Monroe collectibles guidebook: "Many magazines pictured Monroe on their covers. Her first appearance on a magazine cover was for the January 1946 issue of Douglas Airview..."

Marilyn Monroe Collectibles in New Guidebook

Here's another citation showing the January 1946 issue of Douglas Airview:

A Model Girl: Norma Jeane

Inside the magazine, Marilyn poses in nightgown to promote the new DC-6 in an article entitled "Sky Luxury Showroom." The photo shoot took place in Santa Monica in December, 1945.

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