Where Carole Lombard is concerned, those of us who are fans, researchers -- or both -- may resent the term. In our eyes, just about any item associated with her has some inherent resonance, especially if you are trying to uncover further layers about her life and career, and what made her tick. And as with any public figure of film's Golden Age, there's plenty of "ephemera" around; it went with the territory.
Which makes two items now being auctioned at eBay of such tantalizing significance. Actually, they're not two items, but hundreds, rolled up into a pair of lots. Two veritable Lombard grab bags, potentially filled with all sorts of goodies.
This batch features a lot of magazine articles (I noticed the Photoplay "Beauty Goes Pf-f-ft" pictorial taken on the set of "Nothing Sacred"), pictures and other things from films such as "Hands Across The Table," "Vigil In The Night" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." This lot also features two "gorgeous hard back pictures," in the words of the seller, who also notes:
"Many of these lots have incredibly rare clippings (could be the last of their kind!), magazine photos, and some lots have pressbooks and magazine covers, agency cards, cigarette trading cards, and occasionally full magazines and lobby cards! Please use the photo...to determine how full this file is. Everything in the photo is included and is loose (this is NOT a collage)."
The same applies to the second lot of Lombard memorabilia, which seemingly has even more on hand:
In this batch, highlights include "Lure magazine No. 3 (June 1940), 425 Latest Song Hits (Prosperity Book Number 23), Lecturas magazine (Diciembre 1936), cigarette/movie collector cards and many magazine Covers (True Confession, Motion Picture, Picture Play, Movie Mirror, etc.)." Note that they are "covers," not necessarily full magazines. (Moreover, I have never heard of Lure magazine, and presume that not even Carole's presence on a cover kept it in business for very long.)
Other things I note in the second lot are the "Lucky Strike" ad where Carole discusses her decision to change to Luckies on the advice of her singing coach, the New York Times front page with news of Lombard's death, Adela Rogers St. Johns' Liberty magazine tribute, "A Gallant Lady," and a copy of the 1980s Hollywood Studio Magazine with Carole on the cover (I remember buying a copy, and probably have it stashed away somewhere).
For the first lot, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-EPHEMERA-Cinelandia-Pictorial-G176-pp_W0QQitemZ290280758837QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290280758837&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A2%7C240%3A1318; for the second, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-EPHEMERA-Cigarette-Cards-Lure-G184-pp_W0QQitemZ350136368159QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item350136368159&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A2%7C240%3A1318. Bids begin at $24.50 -- as of this writing, neither has received a bid -- and the auctions respectively close just after 3 and 3:40 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday.
Whomever wins these items should have a fun time playing nostalgia prospector, discovering the precise nature of the gold to be extricated.