It's an uncharacteristically chilly June night in southern California in 1938, and Carole Lombard pays a visit to Clark Gable on the set of his MGM picture, the ironically named "Too Hot To Handle." (The weird curl atop Lombard's head predicts "There's Something About Mary" some 60 years later; could this photo be why some compare Cameron Diaz to Carole?)
Nine months later, temperatures cold more than 1,000 miles to the east, in Denver, Colo. -- though it's expected to get above freezing on this March 30, 1939 -- but the many fans of Clark and Carole have something to warm themselves up with: They've finally married!
The report comes from the Rocky Mountain News, a Scripps-Howard newspaper (the chain's trademark lighthouse is in the upper left-hand corner) which had a long and legendary rivalry with the Denver Post. For decades, the News and Post went at it, and as late as the 1990s, both papers had good circulation and were selling plenty of advertising. But the Post gradually gained the upper hand, and the "Rocky," as locals nicknamed it, published its final edition in late February 2009 -- two months shy of its 150th anniversary.
Here's a greyscale closeup of the Gable-Lombard story, though the copy is difficult to read:
This 16-page newspaper, in good condition, can be yours, whether you're seeking a keepsake of Lombard or Gable, a famed newspaper now defunct, or both. It measures 16" x 23", and bids start at $9.99. No bids have been made as of this writing, and bids close soon -- 7:23 p.m. (Eastern) tonight.
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Oh, and to those people in Denver: Just wait a few hours. Given that city's notoriously variable weather, you may have a heat wave before April Fool's Day. (But you knew that.)