January 2nd, 2016

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Visiting milady's lair

Carole Lombard gave the moviegoing public a photographic open house of her new residence on Hollywood Boulevard in the spring of 1934, and why not? It was a major step uomop for her in the filmland hierarchy...especially since the (rented) mansion was designed by former silent star William Haines. Relatively candid for the time about his homosexuality, Haines shifted into new role with ease, winning plaudits for decorating the home of Joan Crawford, Carole's one-time Cocoanut Grove dance rival. He followed suit with a similarly acclaimed home for Lombard.

We've "toured" 7953 Hollywood Boulevard in the past, but now let's examine a part of the place heretofore off-limits to us. May I present Miss Lombard's dressing room:

Can't read the back? Let's enlarge it:

"Utter femininity," indeed.

This is Paramount p1202-730, one of the few photod in the p1202 series that doesn't picture Carole's face. (Two others show the back of her head, to publicize a hairstyle, and her hands.) It's an original 8" x 10" up for auction at eBay...but as of this writing, there have been no bids. (The initial bid is $9.99.)

The auction is scheduled to end at 9:06 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, and among the many who adore Lombard's sense of style, you would think at least one would be interested in this relative rarity. If that one might be you, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombards-dressing-room-in-her-new-house-orig-candid-photo-1934-Paramount/231798913962?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D8650c9cecd4f428c898609c2ccf1575d%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D231798913962 and at least check it out.

I trust all of you celebrated New Year's happily and safely. As I stated the other day, I'm taking a bit of time off to go through some things in my life, including a move. I want to be able to stay in Los Angeles, but as the old Johnny Mathis song goes, it's not for me to say. Wish me well as I look for work, and I'll see you in a bit. I hope.
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