July 6th, 2012

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Back, with an early Lombard portrait

Wondering where I've been the past few days? On vacation. The prolonged power outage from last Friday's storm plunged my apartment into darkness, and Tuesday morning, I escaped the stifling heat and absence of electricity by taking a train to Washington for several days. It wasn't any cooler in D.C., mind you, but at least the power was on in my family's house. (I also went to see my beloved Washington Nationals play on Independence Day, as they hit four home runs en route to a 9-4 triumph over San Francisco.) Apparently, power wasn't restored to my apartment complex until mid-afternoon today, some seven hours before I returned.

Now that I've explained my missing status since Monday, back to Carole Lombard, and a fairly rare portrait from early in her Paramount tenure:

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It's p1202-40 from late 1930 or early '31, rather demure; I'm not sure who took it.

This 8" x 10" glossy (I'm not certain whether it's an original) is being auctioned at eBay; one bid has been made for $7.99, and bidding ends at 2:51 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday. To get in on the action, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Studio-Movie-Promotional-Portrait-Photo-/380451731080?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5894b0b688.

It's good to be back.
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