In other words, no generation can lay a claim for inventing nostalgia. (Well, maybe the second generation of humans did, but that's somewhat beyond our scope.) We may perceive Carole Lombard's era as largely being pre-war (the Pearl Harbor attack occurred some 40 days before her death), but until 1939 at least, the term "pre-war" had an entirely different meaning.
This became evident when discovering this photo, and the caption that ran on the back:
The caption reads,
"PRE-WAR STUFF -- will be important in the fashion world this spring. Carole Lombard illustrates the graceful silhouette of the 1914 mode in her current Paramount picture 'Bolero.' This frock uses a draped and slit skirt of baby blue satin with an overdress of blue meline, ruffled and decorated with silver thread and pearls. Designed by Travis Banton."
"Bolero" was a period piece, taking place in early and mid-1914, roughly at the time Archduke Ferdinand was shot, plunging Europe into war. Timewise, imagine a contemporary film; its equivalent would take place about 1989 or so, when the Soviet bloc collapsed.
It's a relatively rare photo of Carole (Paramount P1202-667), so if you want it, be prepared to part with a goodly amount of money. ($99.99 as a minimum bid). Find it at http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-1934-PARAMOUNT_W0QQitemZ230327132606QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item230327132606&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A4|65%3A1|39%3A1|240%3A1318. Bidding continues through just after 9 p.m. (Eastern) next Sunday; no bids have yet been placed.