November 13th, 2014

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Cowgirl Carole

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In recent weeks, we've run several photos of Carole Lombard from when she had her own ranch in the San Fernando Valley about 1937 (not to be confused with the "ranch" she later inhabited with husband Clark Gable in Encino). It's Paramount p1202-1531, and while there's no livestock around Lombard, the rural theme is front and center -- saddles of all sorts plus related equipment, not to mention Carole herself looking fabulous in her riding outfit. (And that shawl draped over her makes one wish this had been photographed in color.) More on the back:

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The "8." on the snipe makes it clear this was part of some sort of series issued by the studio; also note there is no reference to her upcoming movie, "True Confession," which was cited in similarly-themed photos later in the p1202-1500s.

This is from the same seller of the recent ag-themed pics, who labels this one as "Very Good, there are some minor creases at the corners, a small tear at the right edge and a caption printed on the back."

As of this writing, two bids have been made, topping at $10.50, and the auction ends at 9:06 p.m. (Eastern) next Wednesday. If you're a fan of Carole country style, visit to bid or learn more.

To complete today's theme, how about this classic from 1935, one Lombard certainly heard and probably liked? It's "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart," one of the first big country crossover hits (my mother from Brooklyn even remembered hearing it in her youth), sung by Patsy Montana, born Ruby Rose Blevins in Arkansas. The song has been covered by Suzy Bogguss and Leann Rimes (two ladies who know how to yodel), but here's the original...and to this day, there are people in Chatsworth, at the western end of the Valley, who just as in the song can hear coyotes in the distance each night.

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