Silver gelatin photograph of 13-year old Marilyn with the girls of the Emerson Girls' Glee Club, Los Angeles, May 1940, approximately 10 x 8 in. Heavily inscribed and annotated on the verso by some of her friends. One inscription reads "Love and Best of Luck To an adorable and darling girl, and a swell one at that,"and "To a beautiful, sweet, charming, darling, adorable Norma Jean," and "I hope your ambition will come true -- to stay an old maid all your life." Even with so many girls in the shot, the eye goes straight to Marilyn in the center of the photo. There is a minor crease across her face which does not seriously detract from the delightful portrait. This was a very important artifact for Marilyn which she treasured; it captured her memories of unspent youth and innocence.