July 27th, 2011

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New negatives, old irony

In the mid-1930s, Carole Lombard posed for several photos near a small plane, photos that today elicit a rather uneasy (and unintentional) reaction, given the circumstances surrounding her death. In fact, Carole apparently took some flying lessons, emulating the likes of fellow actresses such as Ruth Chatterton (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/64412.html and http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/362641.html).

Two more aviation-themed images of Lombard have emerged, and both are subjects of Heritage Auctions' latest batch of materials, up for auction through Sunday. Both are 7.75" x 9.75 Kodak nitrate negatives of photos taken for Paramount, probably from early 1936. Each became part of the studio's p1202 series of Lombard portraits, first p1202-1166, then p1202-1172:

Both are attractive images (just what is she writing in -- is it a pilot's log?), but as a result of what happened Jan. 16, 1942, they can never be viewed the way they were intended.

P1202-1166 has a high bid of $39 as of this writing; p1202-1172, $60. Learn more about the former at http://movieposters.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=161131&lotNo=51066, the latter at http://movieposters.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=161131&lotNo=51065. Bids on both close at 11 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday.
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