November 15th, 2014

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Going exotic with the orchid lady

carole lombard p1202-366a front

And by “orchid lady,” we’re referring both to Carole Lombard’s one-time description and the name of the eBay seller offering this item, the previously unseen — at least by me — Paramount p1202-366. (Although this probably is from the end of 1932 or early ’33, after Carole, on loanout to Columbia, had made the film “No More Orchids,” probably as a dig at her home studio.)

Standing in front of a map of the Mediterranean and North Africa (you also can see Sicily in the upper right-hand corner), Lombard models an outfit. There is some information on the back, but the seller notes, "Writing is faded from age. Has English description and a few sentences in a foreign language (Spanish)?"

Fortunately, I have some tools at my disposal that can make the description look somewhat less faded:

carole lombard p1202-366a back

And yes, that language indeed is Spanish.

Here's the entire front of that image:

carole lombard p1202-366 front larger

The seller says this measures "approximately 7 3/16" by 9 7/8". As you can see in the photos, the glossy part has peeled at the top. Has some minor signs of age/wear/handling." But it's a rare Lombard pic, so who's complaining?

As with yesterday's item, you can either buy this photo outright (for $300) or make a bid (beginning at $150), in which case the auction ends at 9:08 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday. All the information on the image is available at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-PARAMOUNT-Early-1930s-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Map-GLAMOROUS-PHOTO-w-Snipe-7x9/191412708656?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Deaf817c0011342cdbc575a2b638ba75c%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D191412708656.

I didn't cross the Atlantic last night...but I did cross the Los Angeles River into Burbank and the Warners lot for a filming of my favorite broadcast network sitcom, "Mom." More on the experience of watching the creation of a TV episode (spoiler-free, of course) in tomorrow's entry.
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