vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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No doubting...it's Thomas

William (or Wm.) E. Thomas, that is. A noted Hollywood portrait photographer of the 1920s and '30s, he was at Pathe when Carole Lombard worked there in the late 1920s. His portraits of Lombard reveal her beauty even for someone aged 19 or 20, although she had yet to really master a distinctive sense of style.

Some of Thomas' photographs have made their way into Lombard biographies and articles and thus have been widely seen over the years. But many were rarely reproduced and are revelations for fans of Carole.

Profiles In History is auctioning its share of the latter, and we thought we'd share a few with you. And since the firm's name includes the word "profiles," let's show one from each side:

Here's a bridal pic that's charming, but just what is Lombard thinking?

That dress could have been worn at any time in the first three decades of the 20th century. In contrast, both of the outfits below are pure 1920s -- and the one on the right shows why Constance Bennett may have deemed Lombard unwelcome competition upon her arrival at Pathe in late 1929.

The next pic evokes one of Louis Armstrong's trademark phrases -- "Oh, you dog!" Oh, you lucky dog:

Dogs probably figure in the setting of this photo, too -- dogs chasing after foxes. Carole looks ready for the hunt:

Here's a rarity...a horizontal Lombard fashion portrait from the 1920s:

Finally, to compare and contrast, here's a photo of Lombard from 1941, taken by Robert Coburn. (It's in the same lot with the three preceding Thomas photos.) It's a rarity, and we're certain from the background that it was taken on the set of "To Be Or Not To Be." A stunning shot of Carole as the elegant Maria Tura:

As stated in previous entries, to learn more on the items or to place a bid, go to http://www.profilesinhistory.com/new/index.php?option=com_auctions&catid=34, then search under "Carole Lombard." The auctions are scheduled for Dec. 11-14.

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