July 21st, 2019

carole lombard 07
  • vp19

Sexy, yes. Original, yes. Columbia, (mostly) no.

In the 12-plus years I've run Carole & Co., I've made my share of mistakes. Fortunately for me, many of them can be fixed through editing. However, it's reassuring to know I'm not the only one.

The photo above currently is up for auction at eBay; the item's header is "SEXY CAROLE LOMBARD ORIGINAL COLUMBIA PORTRAIT PHOTO EXQUISITE 1930s." Somehow, the seller didn't notice this very obvious sign at the bottom:

It's not Columbia, but Paramount. Moreover, it's one of Carole's fabled p1202 images (something only Paramount issued), specifically...

Looks lie p1202-743, an image I've never seen before. But it turns out the seller has more new (to me) images misidentified as Columbia -- this, for instance, p1202-634:

This one has a description on the back:

There's also this one, p1202-695, on which the back is blank:

However, the next pic may explain everything; it was the first of four uploaded by the seller, and it actually is from Columbia:

I'm guessing the film it's from is "Brief Moment," judging from the back:..and that for the three later entries weren't adjusted to represent Paramount. Hey, it happens.

All four of these images are from 1933 or 1934, and I believe all measure 8" x 10". Their auctions end between 9:20 and 9:25 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday.

Bids on p1202-634 open at $74.95. Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEXY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-COLUMBIA-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-EXQUISITE-1930s/323864665454?hash=item4b67d69d6e:g:XWgAAOSwMT5dNQ~C.

$74.95 is also the opening bid for p1202-695. Get additional info athttps://www.ebay.com/itm/SEXY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-COLUMBIA-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-EXQUISITE-1930s/323864664437?hash=item4b67d69975:g:OQsAAOSw5uJdNQ-H.

P1202-743 has a cheaper opening bid of $49.95 -- bid or find out more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEXY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-COLUMBIA-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-EXQUISITE-1930s/323864666772?hash=item4b67d6a294:g:ACkAAOSwqxddNRB3.

And finally, bidding on the actual Columbia photo starts at $74.95. Interested? Then go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEXY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-COLUMBIA-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-EXQUISITE-1930s/323864666772?hash=item4b67d6a294:g:ACkAAOSwqxddNRB3.
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