Just came across this a few days ago. Judging from Lombard's hair, I'm guessing it was taken sometime in the early 1930s...but where? I'm almost certain it was someplace in southern California, given the architecture of the building behind her; it may be a hotel of some sort. My first instinct was that it was taken on Catalina island while she was making "We're Not Dressing," but her hair was blonder then.
It's an attractive candid of Carole. Anyone have an idea where it was taken?