Link "Carole Lombard" with "William E. Thomas," her primary Pathe photographer, and these are the images your mind conjures up: "artistic," sexy pictures of a girl at or about 20 -- commercial erotica for the late 1920s.
But Thomas photographed Lombard in all sorts of moods and settings, where any sexuality offered was somewhat sublime. This, for instance:
OK, we see a glimpse of stockinged leg, no big deal by 1929. But it shows Carole (reading fan mail, perhaps?) didn't need to expose plenty of skin to show off her beauty. And the back of the image verifies it's from Thomas:
Another from the George Smoots collection, it's an 8" x 10" glossy single-weight in excellent condition.
It's up for auction at eBay, with bids beginning at $29.95. The auction is scheduled to end at 10:16 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Want to get in on the action? Go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-Vintage-1920s-THOMAS-Stamp-PATHE-PORTRAIT-Photo/143365872128?hash=item2161459a00:g:4ioAAOSwCdxdZKsb.
Maybe pictures like this from Thomas were why Lombard was getting so much fan mail: