First, an image new to me, and a lovely one it is:
It's from Columbia Pictures, specifically her second film at that studio, 1932's "No More Orchids." Lombard biographer Larry Swindell states that the film got its title when studio boss Harry Cohn asked Carole what the movie's title should be. At this time, her home studio of Paramount had been billing her as "the orchid lady," and perhaps she was getting tired of the sobriquet. So she reportedly told Cohn to call it whatever he wanted, but "no more orchids for me." One guesses the title didn't get a particularly warm reception from Paramount.
One also guesses that given her reputation, somebody in Columbia's wardrobe department hadn't received the message, because here's what the snipe for that photo read:
Deep Orchid brocaded satin trousers. ... green velvet coat trimmed in blue fox ... gold sandals and an emerald and diamond brooch. ... worn by Carole Lombard in Columbia's "No More Orchids" ... in a gymnasium scene. (Yes, Lombard's character was a wealthy young lady.)
The other photo isn't new, at least not to me -- it's a Paramount still from 1935...
We knew it was p1202-1231. What we didn't know was this, from the snipe on the back:
SOME LUCKY POOL -- is about to be flattered by the white satin-clad Carole Lombard, Paramount star of "Hands Across The Table." Over her chic swimming suit Carole wears a smart beach cape of white terry cloth and scorning the conventional type beach shoes she chooses open-vamp sandals of white edged with navy.
Oh, that Carole, always being unconventional. (And are "open-vamp sandals" a shoe relative of "f--- me pumps"? Inquiring minds want to know.) This photo was received at the NEA agency on Sept. 24, 1935, not long before "Hands Across The Table" would arrive in theaters.
Both photos are up for auction until 10:03 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday; bidding for both begins at $49.99, and as of this writing neither has received a bid. The "No More Orchids" photo is at http://cgi.ebay.com/1930s-Sexy-Carole-Lombard-No-More-Orchids-PHOTO-718a-/200503890441?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eaef69209; the "Hands Across The Table" image is at http://cgi.ebay.com/1935-Sexy-Carole-Lombard-Hands-Across-Table-717a-/400141006856?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d2a433808.