vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Carole shows some swagger (honest!)

"Swagger" is not a word one associates with Carole Lombard; indeed, while she certainly had her share of confidence, one of the most appealing things about her was her lack of pretense. But we have a photo of Carole where she shows off some swagger:

You don't see much swagger in her, you say? Well, you're simply not looking in the right place. It's not in her face, it's in what she's wearing. Witness the snipe from the back of the photo:

It reads: "THE ELABORATE ERA -- is inaugurated by Carole Lombard, Paramount player, who wears a gown and swagger wrap of massed star-sapphire-blue beads on a background of gray chiffon."

(Not only did this enable the viewer -- either seeing this portrait in its original version as a still photo or reproduced in a newspaper -- to imagine Lombard in these precise shades, but it allows people some 75 or so years later to colorize Carole with the latest technology. Paint away, everybody!)

I wish I could tell you more about it, but I don't see any P1202- number. I do know it's an 8 x 10 photo that I'm guessing to be from about 1933 (not just from Lombard's appearance, but perhaps the use of the word "inaugurate") that's said to be in good condition. It's a bit faded from age, so I converted it to grayscale to add some clarity.

This is the first time I've seen this image of Carole, so I well understand why the seller is starting bidding at $49.99. As of this writing, no one has bid on it, but you have time -- bidding closes at just after 10 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday.

If you have sufficient financial swagger to buy this, or are simply interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/SEXY-30S-GLAMOUR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PHOTO-22P_W0QQitemZ380160612286QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item58835697be&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.

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