September 6th, 2008

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Who knows when?

When viewing Carole Lombard memorabilia up for auction -- particularly still pictures -- the comments from the dealer tend to add a helpful touch. The seller of the following item is no exception.

Below is a nicely serene portrait of Carole, sitting beside a pond or some other body of water:



But just when was this original photo taken? The seller, to his or her credit, isn't exactly sure, and says so:

"It is a Paramount portrait, and no date is listed, but my guess would be about 1931."

Normally, if it's a Paramount photo, we could estimate a date from the handy "P1202-" number. Not in this case, however -- there isn't any. Instead. there's:



I have no idea what it stands for. But I will add that the 1931 estimate appears to be reasonable.

Some more info about the photo, thanks to the seller:

"The photo measures approximately 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" and is in excellent (almost near-mint) condition...It is also LINEN BACKED."

You can see it at http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-ORIGINAL-publicity-portrait-circa-1931_W0QQitemZ230287109403QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item230287109403&_trkparms=72%3A635%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14. Bidding started at $19.99, and one bid has already been made. Bidding continues through Monday at approximately noon (Eastern).

If anyone here can make a serious estimate when this photo was made (and I know we have several avid Lombard memorabilia collectors here), let us know so we can relay the info to the eBay seller. It's the least we can do.
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