July 10th, 2019

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'Semi-nude'? Okay...

When the category is "racy Carole Lombard photos," the first name that should come to mind is William E. Thomas. The Pathe photographer took all sorts of pics of her in the late '20s, when Carole was in her early 20s -- the sensual shots of Lombard (such as the one above are what he's best known for.

Now an original, rarer pic of her from that era has surfaced, and it's on eBay:

It's certainly from the same session, but her hands are placed slightly differently. And his stamp on the back confirms things:

A check of my Google cloud revealed I'd downloaded this photo in December 2016, but did nothing with it at Carole & Co. Then again, it was while I was struggling on Skid Row in Los Angeles (I posted but two entries the entire month), and I clearly had more pressing things on my mind.

The seller describes this as "semi-nude." Sorry for the more prurient among you, but while Lombard personally had no hangups with nudity -- witness separate anecdotes about her informally appearing in the buff before William Haines and George Raft -- she never posed for any completely nude pics, not even "artistic" ones. It's an 8" x 10" double-weight with some slight silvering.

The price? A cool $1,100, though you can pay $46 monthly for 24 months or make an offer. But hurry -- the seller writes, "This listing good until the 10th of July [today], after which it will be ended." So head right away to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-PHOTO-BY-WILLIAM-E-THOMAS-SEMI-NUDE/362696289124?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D145edca223ed44d8a6d14b72aa9e0a60%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D7%26sd%3D362696289124%26itm%3D362696289124&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

After all, thanks to Thomas, the twentyish Lombard got to show off her considerable sex appeal in "semi-nudes' such as this.

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