We've previously discussed the Ross-Verlag series of photo cards that were popular in Europe during the 1920s and '30s (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/52279.html). The company produced thousands of cards, and a checklist compiled by collectors lists 14 Lombard cards. Two of them have surfaced on eBay:
In the years I've researched Lombard items, I'm somewhat certain I've never seen the first image, and I'm definitely certain I've never seen the second (although Carole posed for several Paramount publicity photos with her beloved Palomino, Pico).
The cards themselves aren't very big (1 3/4" x 2 3/4"), and both are in good condition. Bidding on the photo on the left ends at 4:40 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, five minutes before bids close on the other. Bids open at $2.99, and knowing that there are a number of Ross-Verlag collectors, I'm surprised that as of this writing, neither has yet received a bid. If you'd like to change that, or simply find out more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/1930s-Carole-Lombard-Ross-Verlag-photo-card-/330481627757?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf23d726d for the first photo, http://cgi.ebay.com/1930s-Carole-Lombard-Ross-Verlag-photo-card-/330481629595?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf23d799b for the second.
Another photo of Lombard with an animal is also being auctioned, and what makes this image rather rare isn't what's being pictured as how it's presented:
This 1932 image of Carole holding a cocker spaniel, taken by Paramount's Otto Dyar, was frequently colorized and put on magazine covers, and understandably so -- it's charming. But in its original black-and-white form, it's equally riveting.
This is a 7.5" x 9.5" double-weight matte finish portrait, with a Dyar stamp in the lower right-hand corner; it's in excellent condition. And, as you might expect, it will cost you considerably more than a Ross-Verlag card -- $249.95 for starters. No bids have yet been placed, and bidding ends at 11:15 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday. For more information, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-32-BEAUTY-Portrait-OTTO-DYAR-/380272893405?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588a07dddd.