November 9th, 2012

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Have you seen her dressed in gold? (Or visited Carole-ina?)

carole lombard p1202-191c

You've probably seen Carole Lombard dressed -- or perhaps more precisely, draped -- in gold, thanks to designer Travis Banton, who thought Lombard could appear beautiful merely wrapped in gold lame cloth (this isn't a gown or dress she's wearing). This is Paramount p1202-191, from 1932, which proved he was right.

At about that time, Lombard also appeared in draped gold for another photo:

carole lombard fan magazine 1932 gold large sepia

I have no idea where this ran, though seeing a number at the lower right-hand corner and reading the rather gushy prose leads one to believe this comes from a fan magazine of some sort. (Q. "And did you ever see anyone wear a hunk of gold cloth more attractively?" A. "No.") Wherever it ran, it's gorgeous, a rare image of Carole at her early 1930s sexiest.

You can buy this 8" x 11" rotogravure sepia portrait straight up for $48.95, or make an offer. If the latter option is chosen, offers will end at 8:54 p.m. (Eastern) Dec. 8. Interested? Then visit

About a year earlier, rising starlet Lombard did what rising starlets often do -- pose for portraits to promote something they have no connection with whatsoever. In this case, Carole is holding a 1931 license plate from North Carolina:

carole lombard 1931 north carolina plate large

Why Lombard was selected for this assignment eludes me...unless someone at Paramount decided that "Carole" was the closest thing they had to "Caroline" on their talent roster.

A search through the Newspaper Archive in 1931 (and late 1930) showed no image of it in a North Carolina newspaper (although, to be fair, the Archive features only one paper from the state during this time, in Burlington).

I have no idea whether Carole ever visited North Carolina, though I tend to doubt it.

This also is being sold at eBay, via auction. Bidding opens at $44.95, with bids closing at 3:35 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday. This would be a nice gift for any Lombard fan with ties to the Tar Heel state. Learn more at
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