vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

  • Mood:

So what about this one?

Over the years, I like to think I've developed a bit of knowledge about the literally thousands of Carole Lombard publicity stills -- but every now and then, along comes one that stumps me. Such is the case with this one, which I discovered yesterday:

It's a stunning portrait, and with the way Lombard is surrounded by several layers, it's very nearly a 3-D effect, producing a painting-like texture. You don't see much of Carole's face here; the emphasis is on what she's wearing, a long, elegant dress.

Beyond that, I know very little. I'm guessing it was taken in the mid- to late-thirties. It could have been taken at Paramount, but I don't see a "P1202" marking (it could have been cropped out). Who took the photograph and who designed the outfit are similarly mysteries to me, although I wouldn't be surprised if the dress is a Travis Banton creation. I defer to the knowledge of fellow Lombard aficionados, as perhaps one of them has seen the photo or even owns a copy.

If you like the photograph, you can own it, too -- but you don't have much time. It's at eBay, specifically at http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Beautiful-BW-Photo_W0QQitemZ290300373088QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290300373088&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318. No bids have been placed as yet (the minimum bid is $9.99), and the bidding stops at 8:55 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday.

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment