vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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These? Definitely Carole.

Part of me always has a little trepidation when I contact an eBay seller about an error in the description of a Carole Lombard item (as was the case yesterday, when a photo listed as that of Lombard was actually Marlene Dietrich instead). While I think accuracy is as all-important for the seller as it is for a potential buyer, there's always the worry that a seller will have a "mind your own business" reaction.

Fortunately, that's not what happened yesterday; the seller quickly revised his description, and consequently you won't find it in a listing of Lombard items at eBay. However, you will find the following two photos, and they're unquestionably of Carole. (Both are sepia-toned, probably due to age; I have converted both to grayscale and also enhanced their clarity.)

First, here's a Paramount publicity still of Lombard:

The seller isn't certain what Paramount film Lombard is promoting, and frankly I'm not entirely sure either. However, from the coding in the lower right-hand corner, P1202-563, I'm guessing it comes from sometime in 1933. I'm also not sure which Paramount photographer took it, but we're pretty certain where it was taken -- from what's on the walls, it's likely the photo studio on the Paramount lot for its chief designer, Travis Banton. Several other Lombard photos were taken there.

It's 8 x 10, in pretty good shape, and bidding begins at $49.99 -- which sounds expensive to the uninitiated, but reasonable considering this must be a relatively rare photo (I've never come across it before, and it's not in the photo archive at CaroleLombard.org).

Bidding closes at just after 11:45 p.m. (Eastern) next Friday; no bids have been placed as of this writing. If interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Gorgeous-Sexy-Carole-Lombard-Publicity-8x10_W0QQitemZ270416392736QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef612b220&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50.

The other Lombard photo goes back some eight years further, to her days as a silent starlet at Fox:

The seller knows what film this is from -- "Hearts And Spurs," with Buck Jones. (The Fox studio print is on the back.) While the seller said this is from when Lombard was 17 years old, actually she was all of 16 when it was made. (According to the book "The Films Of Carole Lombard," "Hearts And Spurs" was released on June 7, 1925 -- nearly four months before her 17th birthday. Also note that the description has subsequently been changed.) It's a charming photo of the young Lombard, with a darker hair shade than she had later in her career...especially since I can't think of any other photo where she's wearing a man's necktie!

According to the seller, it's in near-mint condition, remarkable for a photo that's 84 years old. Because of the condition and its status as one of the earliest publicity photos of Lombard (for a film that apparently has been lost for decades), bidding starts at a decidedly higher $149.99. (As of this writing, no one has bid on it.) Bidding will close at about 12:05 a.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. Want to know more? Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/17-Yr-Old-Carole-Lombard-Buck-Jones-HEARTS-SPURS-8x10_W0QQitemZ270416397703QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef612c587&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50.

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