January 29th, 2013

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At work and at play, 1938

The two sides of Carole Lombard are on display in a pair of items now available through eBay.

First, the studios Carole, shown during her week handling publicity for Selznick International Pictures in July 1938. While much of her time there was spent having fun in the Lombard manner, there were times when she studiously worked, getting a feel for what the promotional process was all about. The photo above makes that evident.

This 8" x 10", probably not an original, has a minimum bid of $6.99 (no bids have been received as of this writing); bidding concludes at 4:39 a.m. (Eastern) Sunday. If you have an office, Carole can add a touch of serious glamour to your surroundings. Interested? Then go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-CANDID-INSIDE-HER-OFFICE-/181071175505?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D5222065752749872791%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D3%26sd%3D200886352825%26.

Now to Lombard at play, or at least posing as if she were:

That's the cover of the December 1938 Picture Play, as Lombard apparently was readying to visit the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to watch Southern Cal's Trojans play football (she had seen some games there in the '20s). By now, the magazine referred to her as "Carole" after not using the "e" for much of the decade -- and not only was she its cover subject, but she was featured inside as well, as a "Glamour Girl Plus" (and to land Clark Gable, a girl needed "plus"!):

This magazine is in very good condition, remarkable considering it's nearly 75 years old. Bids open at $24.99 and close at 8:41 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday -- right in the middle of the Super Bowl. If you can drag yourself away from following the NFL title game, place a bid; learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Picture-Play-Magazine-Carole-Lombard-December-1938-Spencer-Tracy-Dead-End-Kids-/200886352825?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D5222269624648843307%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D181071175505%26.

The latest LiveJournal header is p1202-25, from late 1930 or early '31, where a demure Lombard nonetheless gets to show a little leg.
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