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Double Deck Brown & Bigelow (Redislip) “Marilyn Monroe” Pin-Up Playing Cards, 1949 Tom Kelley Photo Shoot (“Red Velvet Session 1949”), c.1976
Mint, sealed double deck set of cards, made by Brown & Bigelow c.1976, featuring famous photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken by Tom Kelley in 1949, when she was 22 years old. Known as the “Red Velvet Session,” the photos were taken at a time when a struggling young actress was out of work and “needed the money.” Monroe would achieve major stardom several years later, and one of the photos was featured in the 1953 inaugural edition of Playboy magazine. Monroe never denied the photos or avoided the subject, and when asked if she had anything on during the shoot she famously cracked, “I had the radio on.”
I assume that each deck has at least 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers; it appears from the Jokers that show through the cellophane that these are standard Brown & Bigelow (Rembrance brand) cards. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in a plastic box inside a cardboard sleeve; this packaging appears to me to be original.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed. The box and sleeve are “as new.”
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