Didn't know that Carole Lombard appeared in a fur advertisement, did you? (And as was the case with smoking, sensibilities in those days weren't similar to what they are now; had Lombard grown up a generation or two later, given her fondness for animals, she might have had a substantially different view of wearing fur.)
It's a highlight of a recent batch of items Tally Haugen e-mailed me from a treasure trove of Lombard clippings and such. It's from Feb. 24, 1929 and presumably ran in a Los Angeles newspaper:
"Colburn's Exclusive Fur Shop on South Flower Street, realize the necessity of light furs even in the summer-time for Southern California. Fox skins in all the new flattering shades will be worn for sports and afternoon costumes, and a long white fox scarf or two skins will take the place of summer wraps in many instances for evening. Carol Lombard, Pathe featured player, poses here in a coat created by Colburn, of grey Russian caracul bordered with platinum fox skin."
Whether this photo was taken expressly for the ad or derived from a Pathe publicity photo, I do not know; in my far from complete listing of Pathe portraits, I didn't see it. As for summertime furs, perhaps Los Angeles had cooler summers in the days before smog and widespread urban build-up.
I initially couldn't see the entire ad copy because it's covered by one of three photos in the next grouping:
At the top is Carole with Charles Laughton, in a promotional photo for "White Woman" in late 1933. Below are two photos from 1940 briefs, one to promote "They Knew What They Wanted" and the other from year's end, when Lombard and husband Clark Gable were at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Speaking of Carole and Clark, earlier in 1940 they were missing in Mexico, and it was big news:
Note that one of those in the MGM searching party was Otto Winkler, whose fate would be tied to Lombard's less than two years later.
The other item shows Carole with her first husband, William Powell, in a publicity photo from 1936 for "My Man Godfrey."