Monday, June 23, 2008

Marilyn Monroe 1995 Stamp Poster

Hi Girlfriends,  Not all of us live in a McMansion.  I live in a white Cape Cod house with a white picket fence. Curb appeal abounds.  So how does a Marilyn Monroe 1995 stamp poster fit in?  Now for the inside..........

Last year, we put on the smallest addition Winnetka Zoning Board has seen in the last 20 years. Pretty embarrassing to be in the same room at our Zoning Board meeting, with a very beautiful, but, very pregnant woman, looking flabbergasted for such a request. We were asking for  100 sq. feet and she was insisting on a 4 -car garage with additions on top of it-!!  

The compromise with my husband: He would get his "always wanted a wet bar" in the old coat closet, and Denise would have total say for the powder room.  LOL.

Please take a long look into my "Jewel Box". Barbara Berry mirror, Kohler Escale products, my final selection of 1920s compacts attached to black satin fabric as backing (Gwen's suggestion) in 5" x 5" silver brushed shadow boxes (- glass), the antique nickel plated sconces with the original carnival glass shades -- bought from a San Francisco movie theater before demolition, the 8" dia. crystal chandelier.........

Lastly, the one item that was never in this decorator's plans, became the focal point of the whole room. A Marilyn Monroe 1995 Stamp poster.

Back in 1995, I was mailing some packages at my Winnetka Postal Office. It was the year for the 32 cent Marilyn Monroe stamp.  While waiting in line, there she was, featured in a glass case, 20 x 24 poster.  By the time I reached the counter for service, I asked if her poster was available to buy.....anywhere.  I was given the Postmaster, who in a spiral notebook, started a page with my name being first and inform me, I would receive a call when they took down MM.  About 6 months later--  I had long forgotten my inquiry-- the phone rang.  My Postmaster didn't forget.......and if I didn't want it, they had a list of over 200 names who did want it.  I never moved so fast that day, as I made a bee line to my post office.  The Postmaster signed and stamped with an official postal stamp the date I picked it up too.

When we entertained, I would put MM in a hall bathroom tub with the curtain drawn.  It never failed.....someone would use the bathroom, peek behind the curtain and make a comment.  I would ring a bell and give them a fun wrapped gift.  For their 'sin' for peeking, the person would have to open the present before us all.

I thought for sure my husband would yip about this post office poster in the new powder room, but, like every man, he loves her.  For sure, the United States Postal Service could never have dreamed their slogan for the MM stamp would end up in a Powder room for all MANkind.

What I did hear, over and over, in the beginning was: "I banged my head on the chandelier again."  My response: "Then duck-!!" 

I love this room and I wouldn't change a thing...........

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Talk again,
Denise & Gwen



11 comments:

Gretchen in Denver said...

GREAT room!! You put something in this room for a man and woman to look at while 'visiting'.

Girlfriend Nancy said...

Love the room. I can see how MM became the focal point,

Can you show a photo of the compacts? Such a great idea and intend to copy. I called my grandmother and asked her if she had any. She called me back and found 3 for me. I am so thrilled.

Discount Designer Fabrics Online said...

Thank You girlfriends, Gretchen and Nancy for your comments.

Nancy, I took a photo of my compacts and will post. I know you will get lots of compliments and "stories" out of them too.

Denise

Girlfriend Jackie said...

I want this powder room!!

TJS said...

How fortunate your are to own this MM poster. I tried going on eBay, but none are being sold. Very creative thinking on your part......even down to the "peek" gift.

Trisha Freitase said...

Love your bathroom....I am selling my Marilyn Monroe poster stamp...It really is a rare find...

Anonymous said...

If anyone is interested in my Marilyn Monroe Poster stamp, go on line to Classified Ads .Com....Look under Collectibles.....Thank you..

sonja said...

I have the same MM usps poster. It is still in the original postal tube.

Anonymous said...

I have the same poster. :'D I absolutely love Marilyn Monroe. My grandmother used to work at a post office and she got both the poster and a set of stamps. Which she kept wrapped up in their original packing and poster tube. I didnt even know she had them until one day I was visiting her and My sisters and I were telling her about how we wanted to decorate our rooms. (Im 17 btw.) And I told her about how I wanted a MM themed room, and with that she went upstairs and returned with the stamps and poster in which she then gave me. I now have them hanging up in my room. A friend asked me if I would ever sell them, but they mean so much more that dollar signs to me. c:

Anonymous said...

What is the poster worth?

Anonymous said...

How much is the poster worth?