The above was about the only thing I could find online illustrating the number "800," appropriate because this marks the 800th entry at "Carole & Co." since its inception nearly 23 months ago. Most of the entries have come from me, but I wish to thank those who have contributed to the success of this community...with a reminder that you are always welcome to post entries dealing with Carole Lombard and classic Hollywood.
With that out of the way, here's today's entry.
In late 1973, it appeared that the San Diego Padres, who had posted dreadful teams and equally poor attendance during their five years of existence, were about to be sold to a Washington, D.C., group and moved to the nation's capital. As a result, the Topps company, which has been issuing baseball trading cards since the early 1950s, decided to issue cards of Padres players with the phrase "Washington, Nat'l. Lea." (since no one knew what the team would be called).
As it turned out, midway through the Topps run, McDonald's executive Ray Kroc stepped in and bought the franchise, keeping the team in San Diego (much to the dismay of Washingtonians such as myself -- and little did we know we'd have to wait another 31 years for a team!). Topps reprinted the "Washington" cards (such as one with future Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, shown above) as San Diego cards, leaving the alternate cards rare and valuable.
Just as those cards represented a "phantom" team, here's an item of Carole Lombard memorabilia representing a "phantom" movie. Imagine it's 1936, and you're living in California. You decide to buy some ice cream:
You go to the store, and here's what you find atop the container:
You might say to yourself, "Hmmm...Carole Lombard in 'Concertina.' I'll have to go see it."
As it turned out, no one saw "Concertina" -- or, should I say, no one saw a film by that name. That's because during production, Paramount decided to rename the movie. So when the production was sent to theaters, it wasn't called "Concertina," but...
It should be noted there is a song in the film called "My Concertina." One wonders whether Paramount asked the ice cream company to do a second pressing, changing the film's title.
If you'd like this fairly rare piece of Lombardiana, you can bid for it on eBay. Simply go to http://cgi.ebay.com/1930s-Sunfreze-Ice-Cream-Lid-Carole-Lombard-Actress_W0QQitemZ370197625705QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item56317f7b69&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50. The minimum bid is $1.99, and no one has yet placed a bid. The auction ends at 8:48 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday, so you don't have much time.
Again, thanks for helping us reach 800 entries.