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Lombard/Powell-ooza, part 1

If you liked last week's Lombard-palooza -- an array of rare images of Carole Lombard being sold on eBay (hope you bought some) -- you will love what's going on this time. Especially if you're a fan of both Carole and William Powell.

Her first husband joins her on all these images; the picture quality isn't the best on some of these (though, thanks to Tally, they're in passable shape), but they are all of interest. The photos are available for $14.99 each (and in much better condition than you see here), and the sale ends a few minutes before noon (Eastern) on Friday. Up to five copies of each are available.

Without further ado, the first batch, starting off with a pair of photos taken at the racetrack, although from separate occasions, as their outfits indicate:




The first photo can be found at http://cgi.ebay.com/WILLIAM-POWELL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CANDID-RACETRACK-PHOTO-/200552713359?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb1df8c8f. The second, reportedly taken by a fan at the Agua Caliente track in Mexico, is at http://cgi.ebay.com/WILLIAM-POWELL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CANDID-FAN-PHOTO-/200552713211?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb1df8bfb.

Here are Bill and Carole at a premiere (and the Warners sign behind them may indicate it was taken after Powell signed with that studio in 1932):



For more on this photo, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/WILLIAM-POWELL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ARRIVE-PREMIERE-PHOTO-/190477810795?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c595cbc6b.

This is a literally sparkling image of the couple having champagne (since Prohibition wasn't repealed until after their divorce, was this taken in Mexico?):



It's at http://cgi.ebay.com/WILLIAM-POWELL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CHAMPAGNE-CANDID-PHOTO-/200552713387?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb1df8cab.

Finally, a photo taken at the Club New Yorker in 1932, a club that actually was in the basement of the Christie Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard (the building that's now Scientology headquarters):



According to the seller, one of the other persons here is a female impersonator named Jean Malin, though as the club emcee, he may not have been dressed in drag at the time. Malin, who got his start with Texas Guinan in New York, was one of the stars of the "pansy craze" of the speakeasy era. Less than a year after this photo was taken, Malin, 25, would drown in an auto accident after completing a performance at a club in Venice, Calif.; two passengers, including actress Patsy Kelly, survived.

This photo is at http://cgi.ebay.com/WILLIAM-POWELL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JEAN-MALIN-CANDID-PHOTO-/200552713459?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb1df8cf3.
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