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Lombard, living large

Posted by vp19 on 2011.03.12 at 02:34
Current mood: mischievousmischievous

Cute picture, isn't it -- Carole Lombard, looking seductive and glamorous, perched in front of a model ship around 1934 or so. It might not be the easiest thing to accomplish, but through Photoshop or some other image alteration program, one might be able to isolate Lombard and ship, superimpose them on an oceanfront background, and voila -- you've magically created a Carole colossus (a Lombardzilla?), although she appears in far too gentle a mood to wreak havoc on Hollywood.

Yesterday's entry on the large one-sheet poster of "White Woman" made me dig further into the files of Heritage Auction Galleries; if you're a member, one of the advantages is that you photographically examine items it has handled, even those it has previously sold. And since people who purchase Hollywood memorabilia are painstakingly thorough about what they bid on, the "view closer" option not only applies to posters, but photographs, too. In fact, they can be magnified to such an extent that a photo measuring 8" x 10" or thereabouts can be viewed at poster size.

Seeing photographs at that scale (as you can do with the shot above, Paramount p1202-964, after double-clicking) is a revelation. Whether it be an actual publicity photo or an inverted negative, a Lombard image at mega proportions allows one to fully comprehend the work that went into creating it, both from the photographer (from lighting, angles or even retouching) and from Carole herself (her study of cinematography, initially done to help disguise the scar she received in her 1926 automobile accident, made her a master at knowing how to produce an effective portrait).

This entry will limit itself to Heritage's photographs (or inverted negatives) in the fabled p1202 series; double-clicking will magically boost their size five- or six-fold. Unlike usual policy at "Carole & Co.", the borders of those images will not be trimmed off. Get ready to bask in the Brobdingnagian beauty of one of the giants of Hollywood...and in this instance, it's almost literally so. (Oh, and even those of you with the largest monitors, prepare to do some maneuvering.)

First, p1202-43, followed by 189 and 203, the last of which is a close-up in which, at giant size, you can view Carole's face in incredible detail:

Next up, p1202-393, 594 and 649:

The next three are p1202-897 (from "Supernatural"), 1021 and 1344:

And to close, p1202-1346, 1624 and 1715:

But wait, there's more! Whereas all those images above are from previous auctions, here's an item you can bid on now. It's a Kodak nitrate negative of p1202-1177, showing Lombard relaxing between games of tennis. While you can view the inverted negative supersized, the winning bidder won't get it at that scale. (It would be difficult to develop in a non-commercial darkroom!) Here it is, and get ready to be awed at the remarkable detail when double-clicked:

The negative measures 7 3/4" x 9 3/4", and as of this writing the higher of the two bidders is at $3. (However, seven people are tracking this item.) Bidding concludes at 11 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. To those interested, go to http://movieposters.ha.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=161111&Lot_No=51058.

Oh, and someone should tell Carole to stop smoking. Doesn't she know it will stunt her growth?


cinemafan2 at 2011-03-13 02:15 (UTC) (Link)

P 649

That is probably the yellow/golden beaded Travis Banton gown that Carole wore the night she went out on a nightclub date with Bob Riskin in 1933. Russ Columbo was doing a return engagement, (it was either at the Silver Slipper or the Coconut Grove), and when he caught sight of her he began singing directly to her. The rest is history.
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