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The cat's meow, and more

Posted by vp19 on 2011.02.23 at 02:43
Current mood: busybusy

As we've often noted, Carole Lombard adored animals. I'm not sure what pets were in her household during her youth as Jane Alice Peters, but there probably were a few. It also explains why she adjusted so well to life on the ranch in Encino. some distance away from the Hollywood-Beverly Hills area where she had heretofore spent much of her time.

Is that a nice pic with a cat? Sure, but as Al Jolson would say, you ain't seen nothin' yet. For sheer adorableness, I doubt any Lombard photo beats this one:

Carole plays mama cat with this cute quartet of kittens (one of which is staying close to Lombard for warmth), and she's clearly enjoying all this feline company.

This is the highlight of several photos being auctioned at eBay by a Memphis company, Historic and Vintage Images, which has acquired original photographs from newspapers such as the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, the Denver Post, the Chicago Sun-Times and others. Here's the back of the photo, including a snipe:

The photo was issued by RKO in 1940 for "They Knew What They Wanted," but it apparently didn't enter this newspaper's library until December 1944.

And believe it or not, as of this writing no one has placed a bid on this rare and charming photo. Bids begin at $9.99, with bids closing at 2:53 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. This would be a purr-fect (say that in your best Julie Newmar Catwoman voice) gift for the cat lover in your life. Interested? Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/1944-press-photo-Carole-Lombard-American-Actress-US-/280632690303?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item415703067f.

But wait -- there's more from this seller, also from "They Knew What They Wanted." Here she is, leaning on a fence:

Again, there's a snipe:

One interesting note -- the snipe lists Lombard's character as "Ann Peters," but in the film she's Amy Peters. Was it changed? And there's a 1945 date printed above the snipe.

Like the cat photo, bids start at $9.99 and no bids have to date been placed; this picture has an earlier bidding deadline -- 5:03 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday. If you'd like to bid, or merely want to learn more, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/1945-press-photo-Carole-Lombard-Charles-Laughton-/270708056273?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3f077520d1.

Those photos have not yet been bid on; in contrast, the following pic has received four, despite having cropmarks:

Here's how the photo looks without it (thanks to Tally for the work):

And the back:

The image, first received at the newspaper in August 1937 (you can see part of the "Carole Lombard Paramount Pictures" stamp near the top), was used on Oct. 6, 1980 on the anniversary of her birth -- though the writer erroneously listed her birth name as Janice Alice Peters.

Four bids have been made on this, topping at $48. If you want to strike late, you don't have me; bidding closes at 5:18 p.m. (Eastern) today. Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/1937-press-photo-Carole-Lombard-actress-film-star-/270707623411?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3f076e85f3.

Finally, here's one more Lombard photo from this dealer, Paramount p1202-1050 from 1935:

The back of the picture looks like this, although I'm showing it upside down:

There are two visible stamp dates for this photo, both from the 1950s, as well as a "TV" marking; by this time, many of Lombard's films had been released for television. There's a small blurb that apparently accompanied this image when it was printed, and note the erroneous date of her passing -- June 16, 1942, not Jan. 16.

No bids have been placed on this as yet. Bids start at $9.99, with bidding closing at 4:31 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. To place a bid or get more info, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/1957-press-photo-Carole-Lombard-actress-Clark-Gable-/290535700671?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item43a546f8bf.


caroleirene at 2011-02-23 14:11 (UTC) (Link)
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Those kittens are adorable! I think it's a sign today will be a good day!
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