February 25th, 2019

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A fashionable portrait of Mrs. Smith

Carole Lombard's next-to-last film, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," not only marked her return to comedy but the opportunity to show off her well-known fashion sense for the first time in a while. Unlike her two previous movies, she didn't wear a nurse's outfit ("Vigil In The Night") or a waitress ("They Knew What They Wanted"); here, she was a comfortable, affluent Manhattan housewife whose upscale world turns upside down.

She wore this gown while caught in the rain at a World's Fair ride:

In conjunction with the movie, a portrait of Carole in said gown was made, and she posed alongside it for RKO:

All that's on the back is the film's title:

This vintage 8" x 10" glossy single-weight, in excellent condition, is yet another from the George Smoots collection. It sells for $69.99; to buy or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-w-FASHION-DESIGN-SKETCH-Original-Vintage-1940-RKO-PORTRAIT-Photo/143147967422?hash=item215448a3be.
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