vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Negatives to be positive about

"Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative..."
-- melody by Harold Arlen, lyric by Johnny Mercer

Let's be thankful at least one person didn't take this advice literally. To illustrate my last remark (borrowing another line from that great song)...

Two lovely portraits of Carole Lombard, both relatively uncommon, both apparently taken by Otto Dyar. And both appear to us through inversion of a negative.

According to the seller of the negatives, they were produced several decades ago years ago by at the time the only person in Hollywood who produced the highest possible copy negatives available from original stills. Each cost $50 to produce, but the quality of the resulting photos made the expense worthwhile.

Now you can own the negatives of those photos. For those of you who have a background in photography and can use the negatives to produce prints of your own, this might be a worthwhile investment.

The bidding on each negative begins at $24.99; as of this writing, no bids have been placed on either. For the profile shot, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1930s-NEGATIVE-Photo-262P_W0QQitemZ200397920372QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2ea8a59874; bidding closes at 10:49 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday. The photo where she's standing is at http://cgi.ebay.com/SEXY-GLAMOUR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1930s-NEGATIVE-Photo-261P_W0QQitemZ380171109216QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5883f6c360, with bidding ending a minute later than the other one.

Oh, and speaking of Mercer, the centennial of his birth is next month, and at 8 p.m. (Eastern) Nov. 4, Turner Classic Movies will present a documentary on this famed composer, "Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me." (It will be repeated at midnight.) Mercer did more than compose; he was an accomplished vocalist, performing both his compositions and those of others, and he was one of the co-founders of Capitol Records, the first important West Coast record label.

Also, every Wednesday during November, TCM will show films which used Mercer's music -- and there were many. In fact, on the 18th, the centennial day, TCM will feature Mercer musicals all day long. A two-disc CD of Mercer songs is also being issued; to learn more, go to http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index/?cid=254875.

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