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A trio of treats, two from the Tribune

Here are three Carole Lombard images, from various stages of her career, available through eBay -- but if you want them, hurry, because the offers will end within 24 hours of this writing.

First up, the image that doesn't come from the Chicago Tribune archives, although it is a press photo (Hearst's International News Service) and believed to be from the early 1930s:



The woman with Lombard and Powell (and don't you love the weird look on his face, as if he's keeping an eye on something?) is Edith Wilkerson -- a name that may not mean much to us, but certainly did to those in filmland at the time this was taken. Edith was the wife of Billy Wilkerson, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, an influential trade paper. (He also owned the Trocadero, a popular West Hollywood nightclub.)

The photo is 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" and considered in very good condition. As of this writing, no one has bid on it; bids begin at $9.99, and bidding closes at 7:05 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. To bid, or learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/William-Powell-Carole-Lombard-ORIG-early-30s-photo-/270609090738?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f018f08b2.

Skip ahead a few years to the first of two pictures from the Tribune archives, an image I've never seen before:



She's rather hard to make out in that photo, to be sure, but the purpose was probably just as much to recognize the Beverly Hills house as Lombard (or the dog she had on a leash). Here's the photo, front and back, albeit with the watermark (double-click to see at larger scale):



The photo is stamped Dec. 2, 1938, but the message refers to her as a "Paramount player," even though she was no longer under contract there. (She did keep an office at the studio after her contract expired at the end of 1937.) And fortunately, the watermark doesn't come near Lombard, so here's a closeup, albeit a bit grainy, of Carole and canine:



It doesn't appear this photo ever ran in the newspaper, since there are no crop markings, tape or anything else on the front. That, combined with the relative rarity of this image, explains why two bids have already been made on this, the top bid to date at $28.99. It will be up for auction through 11:38 p.m. (Eastern) tonight, and if you want to get in on the action, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/CT-Chicago-Tribune-Photo-Carole-Lombard-/260637692113?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3caf3790d1.

The third image ran in the Tribune after Lombard left us; it's one of the stills she made for Robert Coburn to promote what would be her final film, "To Be Or Not To Be." Here's the front and back, with watermarks:



I think the white background around her head was designed for the transfer of images at that time, given the print technology of the era. From our perspective, though, it appears rather eerie, as if there's a halo around her. This ran in the Sunday Tribune of Feb. 1, little more than two weeks after Lombard's death.

No one's bid on this yet, and bids start at $24.99; should you want it, place a bid at http://cgi.ebay.com/CT-Chicago-Tribune-Photo-Carole-Lombard-/260637678188?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3caf375a6c. Bids close at 11:08 p.m. (Eastern).
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