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It's time to go postal...

Posted by vp19 on 2011.02.18 at 02:27
Current mood: exanimateexanimate
...but no one is in danger, although Carole Lombard certainly has some "weapons" at her disposal. We're going to examine a few images of her on postcards, including several I don't believe I've previously run at "Carole & Co."

We'll start with this one, which isn't new but hasn't run here in a few years. It's the first postcard of Lombard produced by Germany's famed Ross-Verlag publishing house (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/52279.html), and I'm guessing the photograph was taken late in her tenure at Pathe, although this card wasn't issued until 1930:

Now, a few cards issued during her stay at Paramount. First, one for those of you who just adore bare shoulders:

The next two are considerably more sedate, but do have their own charm:

This one lists Lombard as an RKO star:

Now one I can't figure out at all. The card shows Carole as part of "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer," which I could see if this photo was from "The Gay Bride." But it's clearly from "The Princess Comes Across," a Paramount feature issued some 18 months after "The Gay Bride," the lone movie she made for MGM. And, of course, the image of her with a cigarette on her lips may have signaled sophistication back then, but today at least looks ludicrous (in addition to being dangerous for your health). Here it is, anyway:

This postcard was issued to promote Selznick International's "Made For Each Other," and it's an image of Lombard as her character, Jane Mason, that relatively few have seen over the years:

One popular topic of movie star postcards was pictures of the actors' homes. This image, probably issued in 1937, shows Lombard in front of her Beverly Hills residence:

And lo and behold, someone actually used it as a postcard, mailing it to a daughter at the Georgia State College for Women (GSCW) in Milledgeville, Ga. (The institution became co-educational in 1967, and is now known as Georgia College.)

In the card, dated April 10, 1938, we learn that Dad went deep-sea fishing that day, without much success. But if you want to reel in this card -- which the seller admits shows signs of aging -- you can. It's on sale for $3.99 at eBay; to learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CA-BEVERLY-HILLS-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MAILED-1938-M47520-/150489020120?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2309d836d8.

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