April 14th, 2020

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The apparent answer is Alex

Yesterday's Carole & Co. entry referred to a photo of Carole Lombard, used in a Lux promotion, up for sale in an oversized 11" x 14" form. The seller maintains its photographer was Clarence Sinclair Bull, but I had my doubts. A subsequent post from Facebook friend John Weekes may have supplied the answer.

Weekes noted the "CL-46" in a bottom corner, and pointed out that CL-45 has a similar background. The front of CL-45, a somewhat stern portrait:

And, more importantly, its back, first at normal scale, then enlarged::

The photographer of CL-45, and thus presumably CL-46 as well, is Alexander Kahle, an RKO staff photographer who took quite a few pictures of Carole once she signed with the studio in early 1939. Some examples:

And other pics of the session above:

Finally, that photo for sale at top is now cheaper, marked down to $509.15. If you're interested, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-1930-Clarence-Bull-11x14-Double-Weight-Photo-Oversized-XL79/373019564169?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D0b0d132538224d849e878b3ffaca657f%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D373019564169%26itm%3D373019564169%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042.
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