Marilyn Monroe Drawing Aid (protractor) 1956

Submitted by cm squared June 2nd, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

In honor of Marilyn Monroe’s (would be) 84th birthday, I must submit this amazing piece. I have had it for about 10 years, and it is still in mint condition. Its date of origin is 1956 – On of the few Marilyn artifacts that exist as memorabilia that were made while she was still alive.

Draftsmen, Engineers, Writers of Specs,

Artists, Designers, Architects,

Men of Distinction, Printers too



“Whether the angle’s acute,

Or the slope is so great

That you need a directional change

You will find what you want

on the back or the front

Of Marilyn’s beautiful frame”.

“Every curve of marilyn’s beautiful body represents a different directional change or angle. Aligns with straight edge. 4 point contact. Copyright 1956 NMMM

Happy Birthday Marilyn!!sizing image – almost the actual size of a protractor
Original envelope the drawing aid comes in.

3 Responses to “Marilyn Monroe Drawing Aid (protractor) 1956”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    As I look at this I remember that I have one of these too. It was one of the very first things I found when I started thrift shopping. I have absolutely no idea where it is so it does my heart good to look at this now. It was actually a brilliant combination of product and celebrity, especially because they could give the product a new spin and it fit the celebrity so organically.

    I’m just posted photos on Facebook of me, cm squared and a bunch of our friends going to a Marilyn Monroe retrospective last night at the Hollywood Museum. This protractor is an excellent punctuation point to end our evening! For anyone on Facebook, check it out at!/photo.php?pid=4152257&id=561320908