Today’s UK Express features rare and lovely photos of Marilyn during one of her earliest public appearances in Salinas, California. Although the article dates the trip to 1947, it actually occurred in February 1948. You can read more about her Salinas adventures here.
“The opportunity arose when jeweller Stanley Seedman decided he wanted to promote his store in Salinas, California. Having been a part time movie star promoter Stanley decided to take advantage of the connection during a jewellery sale.
The diamond salesman chose a young starlet named Doreen Nash, but she cancelled at the last minute, so an up-and-coming blonde called Marilyn Monroe got the job instead.
Marilyn spent a week in the Monterey Bay Area, modelling jewellery at Carlyle’s and signing autographs.
During that time, she met representatives from CalChoke (The California Artichoke Association) who presented her with a sash.
The photographs of Marilyn wearing the sash and holding artichokes were used in advertisements and passed throughout the produce industry.”