November 18th, 2014

carole lombard 02
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Pale blue, fit for a princess

carole lombard p1202-1313a front

As a rule, I never run Carole Lombard photos here with watermarks; while memorabilia sellers have every right to protect against piracy, I contend if our readers can't see an image in its full glory, I don't feel obliged to show it.

There are exceptions, however, and the pic above -- Paramount p1202-1313 -- is one of them. Here, the watermark is so subtly done that it's nearly imperceptible, with next to no effect on what we see of Lombard herself. In fact, the watermark is significantly more apparent on the snipe, explaining the outfit Carole's wearing:

carole lombard p1202-1313b back

It's yet another Travis Banton creation, a pale blue lace gown...and while I don't recall whether it was used in "The Princess Comes Across," here it certainly promotes that 1936 movie.

This is an 8" x 10" original photograph, and bidding on this rarity begins at $60; the auction is set to close at 12:19 a.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. Want to place a bid? Then go to
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