October 22nd, 2014

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Beauty for Britons

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Most of you probably have never seen that image of Carole Lombard before; from her hairstyle and the amount of skin shown, it appears to be from her Pathe period of the late 1920s, most likely taken by chief photographer William E. Thomas. Another glance at the photo provides additional information...

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From the font spelling out "CAROLE LOMBARD," the pic appears to be of British origin, and indeed it is -- a card from the UK measuring 5" x 7". While the image is from the late '20s, the photo probably was issued in the early 1930s, since the Pathe-era Lombard was labeled "Carol."

It's a "really lovely" -- and rare -- original shot of Lombard from the flapper era...and it can be yours if you win an auction from eBay. The seller is from Essex in England, and the starting bid is 4.99 GBP (that's $8.05 in U.S. currency). The auction is slated to close at 3:19 a.m. (Eastern) Nov. 1, a week from Saturday. Place a bid, or get more information, by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-1920s-1930s-Stunning-Original-Pin-Up-Flapper-Vamp-Photo-7x5-/311142449015?pt=UK_Collectables_Photographs_MJ&hash=item487188ff77.
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