November 27th, 2008

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It's Thanksgiving, and Carole's cookin'

As many of you may notice, one of the things we frequently do at "Carole & Co." is let people know about Carole Lombard-related memorabilia that's become available. When things are slow in other areas such as research, I know I should be able to fulfill my entry for the day simply by checking out eBay or some other site to find new items that might be of interest to Lombard fans. (And thankfully, there are plenty of them.)

In that vein, I'm pleased to note that Profiles In History will soon be holding not one, but two auctions of Hollywood memorabilia in about two weeks. On Dec. 11, it will hold a general entertainment auction, followed by another, special auction on Dec. 12-14...items from the famed Collectors Book Store in Hollywood, which is scheduled to close at the end of February.

There's a treasure trove of Lombard-related stuff in these auctions -- 54 items in all, including more than 160 photos, scripts and more. Over the next few days, we're going to present some highlights from the collections.

Since today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., it seems appropriate to begin this with a cookbook, since so many people are going to be working in the kitchen today:



The book is called "Fashions In Foods In Beverly Hills," and as its typography makes evident, it was issued in the early 1930s -- August 1931 (its third edition), to be precise. It was compiled by the Book Section of the Beverly Hills Woman’s Club, and features recipes by various film stars.

We haven't perused its 239 pages, so we don't know whether Lombard has a recipe inside. What she does have inside, at least in this particular copy, is her signature:



Carole autographed the front free endpaper, "Carole Lombard '1932'" (so she presumably didn't sign it until a few months after its release).

The expected starting bidding price is $200-$300. To see this item, visit http://www.profilesinhistory.com/new/index.php?option=com_auctions&catid=34, then go to lot #2292. The site also has a link to a registration form that you can fill out if you're interested in bidding on this item.

We'll have some more Lombard items to whet your appetite over the next few days. For now, work on making that turkey.

P.S. As a special holiday bonus, here's a song that's set at Thanksgiving -- "Big City Blues," performed by one of the great vocalists of the late 1920s, Annette Hanshaw (1901-1985), below left, from Fox's "Movietone Follies Of 1929," a film that has been lost for more than 70 years: http://www.box.net/shared/static/rlh1zvd0yi.mp3

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