April 11th, 2009

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Lombard's Pathe pix, part 3 (chiffon and fur)

I hadn't anticipated making a regular series of the photos of Carol Lombard taken while she was a contract player at Pathe in the late 1920s (before she permanently added the "e" to her first name). However, I've discovered that as more or them become available, I find they have nearly as much fascination as her more renowned Paramount portraits.

These shots were taken beginning in Lombard's late teens, probably ending around the time she reached age 21 and was released from Pathe's roster. Her adult beauty was in its embryonic stage, and she was learning the subtle tricks of photography that would bear fruit in the 1930s.

We'll begin with this photo, CL-127, probably taken sometime in the spring of 1929, where Carol is draped and draped in layers of chiffon:

Later that year, Lombard is enveloped in fur for CL-189, adding a veneer of sophistication to still a relatively young woman:

If you'd like to add these original photos to your collection, you can -- because both are up for auction at eBay.

For the chiffon, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-EARLY-CHIFFON-GLAMOUR-Portrait_W0QQitemZ170313664049QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item170313664049&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

For the fur, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-30-EARLY-FUR-GLAMOUR-Portrait_W0QQitemZ170313665175QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item170313665175&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

Minimum bids on each are $9.95; no bids have been placed on either one as of this writing. Bidding closes for the chiffon pic at 11 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, while bidding on the fur pic ends 15 minutes later.
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