Baby Marilyn

Submitted by windupkitty January 29th, 2012
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A bunch of months ago, I was feeling antsy so headed out to Niles, California to peruse the antique shops. If you haven’t been, you should go. Niles was home to Essanay Studios and still boasts a tiny Charlie Chaplin museum that shows his films. It’s a really nice place to visit; the people are so nice, you forget you’re in Silicon Valley and there is even an old train that stills runs for those of us who like that sort of thing.

While cruising through one of my favorite shops, words left me when I laid eyes on this incredible creation. It was made by a local who apparently wanted to represent Marilyn’s youth and  vulnerability. In my opinion, it’s a job VERY well done! If she’s not a babydoll, then she is at least a severely edematous Holly Hobby. The more I look at this, the more I’m regretting not buying it. If I could reach my big old ass, I’d kick myself in it. I LOVE that somebody made this and I truly hope that he or she is still out there, needle and thread in hand whipping up something else…

4 Responses to “Baby Marilyn”

  1. Allee Willis

    First of all, I’m encoraged to hear there’s someplace in the Silicon Valley I can relate to! Second, although Baby Marilyn isn’t my taste I can see why you could be obsessed with her. Such a different spin on Marilyn and probably closer to her image of herself than how Hollywood and the press portrayed her.

    How far from Palo Alto is Niles? (I smell the rubber burning…)

  2. windupkitty

    Hey guys! So yeah, I think the doll wasn’t initially y taste either, plus I need another thing in my house like a need a ___________ fill in the blank for me here cause too many came to mind and all of them were too inappropriate to print!…But um, the more I looked at this doll when i was writing the post, the more it grew on me…it’s just so weird! If I had a stray Marilyn head, I probably would have gone another direction!

    As for NIles, it’s not that exciting, but I really like it there. It’s about 20 minutes or 1/2 hour or so from my house…That overpass is the old sign that leads into the main drag….the shops are basically concentrated on the one street, bikers like to stop there, the surrounding hills and canyons are gorgeous and the old train runs for tours…kinda neat to have something like that nearby….of course, being a fan of film history, it’s cool too to visit the Charlie Chaplin museum’s all pretty low key and small scale, but it’s a nice little spot and the people who run the shops are just really nice…

  3. Mark Milligan

    I spent some time hanging around the Chaplin studios on la Brea a couple of years ago and not being a Chaplin expert, didn’t even know there was anything up there in Northern Cal!

    Definitely want to go one of these days.