vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Carole and kid

In recent weeks, we've been showing a number of Carole Lombard photographs from the files of the legendary Chicago Tribune. As of this writing, seven such images are currently available; all of them will be up until at least 7 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, and all but one have an opening bid price of $24.99 (the lone exception starts at $9.99). The group, and any future Lombard photos from the Tribune archive, can be found at http://stores.ebay.com/TribunePhotos__W0QQ_nkwZCaroleQ20LombardQQLHQ5fSellerWithStoreZ1QQLHQ5fTitleDescZ1QQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_ipgZQQ_sasiZ1QQ_sopZ1.

However, we are going to single one out for inspection, though I'm pretty certain we've run it before. First, it's a delightful image. Second, the caption is charming. Third, it ties in to the company which hosts this community.

Here's Carole, in a photo taken in late July 1939:

Wonder how that played in the papers? Thanks to the archive, we can find out. On the back of the photo is a clipping of the way it ran in the Chicago Herald & Examiner, a Hearst publication later acquired by the Tribune Co.:

FARMERETTE Carole Lombard has her hands full of goat, and the goat doesn't realize how lucky he is. The scene is Carole's and Clark Gable's ranch near Hollywood.

1. "Farmerette"?
2. Are we sure of the goat's gender? (It is indeed lucky, however.)
3. For some unbeknownst reason, the image was "flipped." (I'm guessing there was an adjoining photo in the upper right-hand corner, if that cutout is indicative.)
4. LiveJournal, where "Carole & Co." has called home since its inception in June 2007, has a goat mascot named Frank...who is probably jealous after seeing this.

Of the seven Tribune photos currently available, this is the only one that has a bid as of this writing; bids on it will close at 8:20 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. If you'd like to have it for your own, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CT-Chicago-Tribune-Photo-Carole-Lombard-/260644545038?pt=Art_Photo_Images.

Now excuse me while I head to the store...making a mental note to pick up some goat's milk...

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