It's Nov. 7, 1936, and Jane Alice Peters officially bids adieu to her birth name and hello to the moniker known to the world as Carole Lombard. The February 1937 issue of Hollywood magazine would also commemorate the legal move, showing her (wearing the same hat you see in today's avatar) with Superior Court Judge Fletcher Bowron:
Bowron would become mayor in 1938, elected following the recall of corruption-ridden mayor Frank L. Shaw. He served until 1953 and helped reform city government and the police department.
The photo at the top, from the library of the now-defunct Minneapolis Journal, is among five vintage Lombard images an eBay seller is auctioning, all with an opening bid of just 99 cents. As of this writing, four of the five have received one minimum bid; here's the only one that hasn't -- taken for Selznick International Pictures:
The seller lists the stamp as being from January 1933, not possible because Selznick International didn't exist at the time; it's more likely from January 1939 (probably in conjunction with the release of "Made For Each Other"), with Lombard wearing those multi-strap shoes she was seen in several times.
Two of the images show Carole with Clark Gable. Here's the couple on Sept. 19, 1936 (with Lombard in that hat again!), attending a tennis match:
This is from the library of the Minneapolis Star, which bought the Journal in 1939.
We don't have specifics on this one, but it's a lovely pic nonetheless:
Finally, a Lombard portrait we've run before, from Robert Coburn, who took what would be Carole's final Hollywood photo session near the end of 1941. The "Jan. 28, 1942" stamp indicates that this image probably was released posthumously:
Bidding on the five auctioned photos ends between 8:35 and 8:39 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday, and by then, expect the price of these to soar well beyond 99 cents.
For the name-change portrait, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Candid-Portrait-/261218531823?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd1d679ef.
The Selznick photo is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Fashion-Glamour-Portrait-/251278312246?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a815ac336
For Clark and Carole at a tennis match, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-Handsome-Couple-/251278312311?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a815ac377
See the other Gable-Lombard image at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-eyes-for-her-/251278312338?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a815ac392
And the Coburn portrait can be viewed at http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPERB-1930s-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Beauty-/261218531994?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cd1d67a9a