Carole Lombard was a wonderfully athletic woman, and we've seen photos of her engaging in all sorts of activities: tennis, of course, skeet shooting, even pitching a baseball. But this is the first picture I've ever seen of her bowling.
And remember, when this Paramount publicity still was taken (P1202-1243, for those of you scoring at home), bowling alleys had no automatic pinsetters; they were done by hand. Imagine being a pin boy and seeing that dazzling smile at the other end of the lane. If you weren't paying complete attention to your work, well, things could get dangerous.
The above is but one of four relatively rare photos now under auction at eBay that were part of the collection of one Joseph Saveriana, a New Jersey man and decorated war veteran who owned an excavating business. Saveriana collected celebrity pictures -- some signed, others unsigned.
Some of Saveriana's massive collection has already been sold in other auctions, but more than 300 pieces remain and they are now available at eBay. This will give you an idea of the impressive depth of his collection:
The collection includes three other Lombard photos; none of the four are signed, but all of them aren't commonly seen by collectors these days. And all are from that vast and valuable array of Carole's Paramount publicity pictures.
For example, here's a nicely intimate photo (P1202-1199) that sort of anticipates her famous "peek-a-boo" opening shot from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" a few years later:
Like Lombard in a swimsuit? Then you'll enjoy this shot (albeit only from the waist up) of Carole sunning herself; it's P1202-1238:
Finally, here's a rather elegant shot, P1202-1478:
Mr. Saveriana collected other stars as well. I like this photo of automobile buff Jean Harlow standing in front of a Packard:
The starting bid price for photos is $9.99, reasonable given these pictures' relative rarity. To view the entire collection, go to http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZbutybst
For the specific Lombard pictures:
Bidding lasts through next Wednesday (May 14).