May 5th, 2009

carole lombard 02
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Carole + Clark + color = clicks!

My friend Carla and has done a masterful job of collecting Carole Lombard photos. She's accumulated more than 2,000 images, and one of the things that makes her archive so wonderful is that you can examine it in a variety of ways.

For example, which Lombard photos have been the most viewed at her site? Well, it should come as no surprise that the most clicks belong to shots of Lombard with Clark Gable. In fact, the top three (the only photos to exceed 400 clicks as of this writing) also have another thing in common...they are in color.

Here's the most popular:

Part of me is a bit skeptical that this was originally shot in color; for one thing, the pose looks eerily similar to a fairly common black-and-white photo of the couple, and the colors themselves look a bit too artificial.

In contrast, the color on the next two are unquestionably the real deal -- and both are gorgeous:

The most popular photo of Carole sans Clark? This publicity shot from "Twentieth Century," to which color has been added:

And what's the most-clicked Lombard solo shot in its original black and white? This one, believe it or not, showing Carole on the set, knitting:

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