November 2nd, 2009

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Suit yourself, Carole

Here's a stylish portrait of Carole Lombard in a suit, taken sometime in 1931:



By now, it's apparent that the late 1920s Lombard -- the "Carole of the curves," as she was known in her Mack Sennett days -- is long gone, replaced for good by this sleek, fashionable version.

Perhaps this was taken under Paramount auspices...but then again, maybe not. For one thing, the photo is 11 by 7 inches, as opposed to the conventional 11 by 8 1/2. For another, there's no "P1202" marking. And finally, this was printed on the back:



This photo was received at the NEA agency on Dec. 10, 1931 and distributed by Acme Newspictures of New York; since there's no snipe on the back, we have no idea what purpose this picture was intended for. But I think we can all agree that Carole looks pretty darn nice in this suit.

And if you act today, this photo could be yours. It's being auctioned at eBay, with bidding closing at just after 7:10 p.m. Eastern Standard time. No one has bid on it at the time of this writing; bidding starts at $8.98, or you can simply buy it now for $24.98. It's admittedly not in the best of condition -- there's some discoloration and rippling of paper -- but it's a charming photo just the same. If you want to bid or get a closer look, got\ to http://cgi.ebay.com/Original-1931-Carole-Lombard-Photo-Studio-In-Suit_W0QQitemZ250520555815QQcmdZViewItemQQptZArt_Photo_Images?hash=item3a54305127
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