A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Uncle Art and Aunt Allis

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A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Uncle Art and Aunt Allis

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A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Uncle Art and Aunt Allis
1 Autograph and 2 Typed Letters Signed ("Aunt Allis" and "Uncle Art"), 6 pp recto and verso, various sizes (8vo to 4to), San Jose, September 25, 1938, January 1, 1939, and n.d. [likely 1939], to Norma Jeane Baker (née Marilyn Monroe), on "International Correspondence Schools" letterhead and plain stationery. Norma Jeane was 12 years old when she received these letters from relatives of her guardian, Grace Goddard, and Grace's aunt, Ana Lower. Though not related to her, they address themselves as Uncle Art and Aunt Allis, and in their separate letters to the child, they seem to know her well, calling her "Little Sweetheart" and writing, "We all send love to our little girl." They often refer to their dog, Trinket, whom one may assume was adored by Norma Jeane, who had a soft spot for animals all her life. Despite the many difficulties Norma Jeane had to face as a foster child, it does seem that there were many caring people in her life, as Uncle Art writes, "I am sure you are happy because everyone there loves you, and wants you to be happy."
8.5 x 11 in.
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