Now that the first signpost for summer, Memorial Day, has passed, many are now thinking about the beach...whether it be adjacent to an ocean (such as Santa Monica Beach, shown above) or a lake. And note that this year, "summer" -- at least in the unofficial sense -- will be at its maximum length. That's because Memorial Day fell at its earliest (May 25) and Labor Day will fall at its latest (Sept. 7).
Of course, in Carole Lombard's time, Memorial Day always fell on May 30. And whether her beach was in front of the Pacific Ocean, op at Lake Arrowhead or merely an imaginary one at poolside, Carole was always ready for fun -- and to show herself off in the process.
One Lombard photo session showed her in beachwear...but there wasn't a speck of sand in sight. The shoot was done indoors, but nobody was complaining -- not when you came up with this:
That's P1202-1071, probably taken in 1934 and a fairly common picture among Lombard's Paramount publicity photos. Some months ago, another photo from the same session emerged, one that's noticeably less common -- P1202-1080:
Well, a third photo from that session has now surfaced, and it's being auctioned at eBay:
I would love to provide more information, such as the Paramount P1202 number...but I can't find one on this photo. Alas, according to the seller, it was "trimmed on borders" to 7 x 9 inches, so that code number probably won't be known unless a full, unaltered copy crops up. The seller also labels it a "1939 vintage fashion still," somewhat unlikely since Lombard was by then next door at RKO. (However, Paramount did occasionally re-issue her films, such as "The Eagle And The Hawk," after she left, so it's possible the studio photo staff released some previously unissued stills.)
Whatever, it's a fun photo. And don't you love Lombard's pose, hands on hips, stretching out a shapely leg while resting her other one on the chair, bursting with pride. It's as if she's telling the competition, "Yeah, I'm sexy -- so what're you gonna do about it?" That's attitude, ladies and gentlemen..
The seller has set the minimum bid at $39.99 -- and had it not been trimmed, I'm certain bidding would go much higher on this one. If you're interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1939-ORG-VINTAGE-PHOTO-FASHION-602_W0QQitemZ350205406335QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5189de6c7f&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A2%7C294%3A50; bidding closes at 9:17 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday.
I should also note the seller has another trimmed Lombard picture, but thankfully in this one the Paramount code number is visible. It's P1202-16, from 1930 and one of her earliest publicity photos there:
The minimum bid here is also $39.99, and you can bid until 9:15 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. (Note that as of this writing, no bid has been placed on either photo.) Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1930s-ORG-VINTAGE-PHOTO-FASHION-623_W0QQitemZ350205737005QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5189e3782d&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A2%7C294%3A50.
See you at the beach, a place full of beauty day -- or night:.