Today's entry features three times from this era, and it begins with Paramount photo p1202-1170:
The snipe reads:
CAROLE TAKES LESSONS -- In her favorite sport, tennis, from the renowned professional, Elinor Tennant. Miss Lombard, who will soon appear in Paramount's "Hands Across The Table," rates as one of Hollywood's best women tennis players.
It was through Tennant that Lombard met, and befriended, Alice Marble on her way to championships at both Forest Hills and Wimbledon. I'm guessing this photo was released in the late summer or early fall of 1935, since "Hands Across The Table" began making the rounds of theaters in October.
This is an original doubleweight photo in very good to excellent condition; bidding starts at $19.99, but as yet no one has bid on it. Bids close at 10:15 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. If you're a tennis fan, or player -- or know someone who is -- this might be worth investigating. Learn more at http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-LEGGY-1935-DBLWT-Original-8X10-Photo-/400165699561?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d2bbbffe9.
Now p1202-1280, from either late 1935 or early '36. It's a fetchingly fashionable pose:
There's no snipe with this photo, which the seller says is in very good condition. It also has yet to be bid on as of this writing, although for this one bids begin at $24.99. Bidding will close a few minutes after the previous item -- 10:19 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. Want it for your collection? Then go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-BUSTY-1935-DBLWT-Original-8X10-Photo-/150509139984?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230b0b3810.
(Incidentally, many thanks to Tally for eliminating the watermarks, enabling us to show you these photos in their original glory.)
While Lombard had an ill-fated affair with Columbo and the Riskin romance fizzled when he said he had no interest in having children, they weren't her only involvements between Powell and Gable. In fact, Carole is alleged to have told friends that in a purely sexual sense, her best lover wasn't any of the four named in this paragraph, but...
Yep, that's George Raft, pictured with Lombard from their 1934 dance hit "Bolero" in a fan magazine of the time. The caption below reads:
'TIS "Bolero," the dance made famous after adapters had jazzed up the music of Maurice Ravel's famous competition. And how Carole Lombard and George Raft can turn their toes to its exciting, sensuous rhythm, in the picture of the same name! George plays the role of Raoul, the gay night-club dancer who makes love to his floor partners.
(This, of course, was a time when a "gay night-club dancer's" partners were those of the opposite gender.)
You can purchase this picture for a mere $3.65; if unsold, it will be available through 1:28 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday. Visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-pic-GEORGE-RAFT-CAROLE-LOMBARD-BOLERO-/160496900714?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item255e5c5a6a.