vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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More on a favorite pinup picture

I've just discovered that one of my favorite Carole Lombard photos -- one where she's in a sun dress, sticking out a shapely leg -- was taken by Paramount photographer William Walling.

This photo is available from eBay, and what makes it special is that it's an original, including the snipe on the back.

The snipe reads:

"SMARTEST UNDER THE SUN -- that's Carole Lombard's navy blue and white shorts outfit. The shorts themselves have pleats in just the right places and the halter top looks like a blouse in front and absolutely nothing in back. The long coat of white linen with with reverse of the navy blue and white crepe is simultaneously the newest and most chic beach coat in Hollywood. Her new beach hat is a broadbrimmed white leghorn and her new Paramount picture is 'The New Divorce' with Gary Cooper."

Could "The New Divorce" have been the production that eventually became "Now And Forever"? (With Shirley Temple in the cast, the word "divorce" probably became anathema to the film, especially after the Code was more strictly enforced. Think of how the Astaire Broadway musical "The Gay Divorce" became the Hollywood musical "The Gay Divorcee.")

You can find it by going to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-rare-jumbo-pin-up-by-William-Walling_W0QQitemZ220545023466QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item335981fdea. One bid has been placed as of this writing, for $19.95, and bidding continues through 1:35 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday.

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