At 6838 Sunset Boulevard, just a few blocks west of Earl Carroll's famed nightclub, there was a salon that drew many customers from the film industry. It was called the "Ann Meredith Beauty Salon," and to be frank, I'm not certain whether there actually was an Ann Meredith. It was owned by the husband-and-wife team of Ted and Henrietta Lapsey (she did the hairdressing work), shown below:
For some reason, this salon never quite achieved the same fame as its cosmetic brethren (e.g., Max Factor). Nevertheless, over the years, much of the clientele provided autographed photos to Henrietta as thank yous for service well done. One of them was 1930s Paramount star Wynne Gibson:
But, taking nothing away from Ms. Gibson, she's not the reason we're writing this entry. It turns out that one of Henrietta Lapsey's clients was none other than...Carole Lombard:
The autograph reads, "To Henrietta, my best to you, always, Carole L Gable" (so we know this was presented no earlier than spring 1939), although the end of the signature is a bit smudged.
You want this photo? Then you better 1) hurry, and 2) have a deep bank account. Bidding ends at noon (Eastern) today, and as of this writing, 19 bids have been placed, with the top bid at $710. (In contrast, the Gibson photo is being offered for $75.) This is one of those things I would've gotten to sooner had I not been temporarily knocked out of the box for a few days. My apologies.
To see the Lombard pic -- and bid, if you're able -- go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Orig-Autographed-Carole-Lombard-Horse-Photograph_W0QQitemZ290302360546QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item290302360546&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
I have no idea what stands at 6838 Sunset Boulevard today -- but I'm guessing it's not a beauty salon.