Here are two more splendid examples of the sublime photographic artistry Lombard showed time and time again while at Paramount. Both of these portraits are from around 1936, and both are exquisite. And both can become part of your collection, if you're willing to spring a little dough. (Well, actually not so little, but we'll get to that later.)
We'll start out with p1202-1309:
The seller lists this item as "SEXY GLAMOUR CAROLE LOMBARD 1936 VINTAGE PHOTO," and at first glance it would appear to be from Universal's "Love Before Breakfast." But this is a Paramount portrait, as the label in the lower-right hand corner makes clear. And Lombard serenely surveys things about her, cinematic royalty draped by Travis Banton.
Next, a photo that I had long believed to be p1202-1325 (couldn't quite discern the final digit due to the light-on-light background), but according to this seller (not the same as the first), it's p1202-1323. And since this particular seller routinely gives the p1202 numbers in their listings, I'll grant them the benefit of the doubt:
Sleek from head to toe, befitting a goddess (Carole appears to be resting on something that evokes classic Greek). And just what is Lombard pondering? She seems as mysterious as the Mona Lisa.
Both photos are available under eBay's "buy it now" option...and each will cost you triple digits. P1202-1309 will wait for a seller until about 6 p.m. (Eastern) Monday -- and a buyer would pay $150. Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/SEXY-GLAMOUR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1936-VINTAGE-PHOTO-337M-/380245125339?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58886028db if you want to learn more.
As for P1202-1323, it will cost even more -- $194.95. If unsold, this will be available until 3:29 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday. Interested? Then visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-30s-SEXY-GORGEOUS-Portrait-/380267840917?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5889bac595.
We eagerly await discovering more heretofore hidden photographic pleasures from P1202.