March 13th, 2019

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See you in court

It's Aug. 18, 1933, and Carole Lombard -- now officially a Nevada resident following six weeks' time in the Silver State -- prepares to file for divorce from William Powell, her husband of little more than two years. Most celebrities going through the procedure dissolved the knots in Reno, but contrarian Carole, on the advice of her attorney, decided to divorce in Carson City, the much smaller state capital.

In retrospect, not a wise move. A hearing to reopen several state banks shut down since November was scheduled that day, crowding the courthouse. Lombard's divorce, held during the noon recess, took but six minutes. Read more about it at

Above is what she wore that day, a "smart grey traveling suit" with a blue beret. The picture measures 8" x 10", is in excellent condition, though it's not an original. You can buy it for $6.97 by going to!90044!US!-1. (If you miss out, don't fret; the seller may have it available in other sizes.)

As for the courthouse, built in 1920, it's been restored and looks beautiful:

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