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Loves to 'Rumba,' needs work

Posted by vp19 on 2011.04.07 at 07:59
Current mood: optimisticoptimistic


Almost sounds like a classified ad from a professional dancer circa 1935, doesn't it? Actually, it applies to the item above, a rare window card from Carole Lombard's Paramount film "Rumba" with George Raft, released in '35. This is a design I've never seen before, and the seller admits it's not in the best of shape...but adds that it can be restored:

"This ORIGINAL WINDOW CARD POSTER has a great need to be restored to its original grandness....but it is presentable in its current state. This ORIGINAL WINDOW CARD POSTER has been trimmed at the top blank theater talker space area down to the image line and now measures a full 13 1/2 x 17 inches and is in fair to good condition. The back of the card has been dot glued to a backing board and can easily be removed when restored. The colors are faded but are still recognizable. The top half of the card is red and the bottom half is yellow with the title 'Rumba' being red and black outlined. Lombard's gown is a silver number with the inset head shots against a blue background...Lombard's gown is green. There are some stains and a bit of surface paperloss to the white border areas. With all this going on I can tell you there are a number of lobby cards out there and there will be a JUMBO WINDOW CARD up for auction in a few months.....which has none of the wonderful graphics this piece has....but there are no accounts of this poster coming to market. This is a BEAUTIFUL WINDOW CARD!....don't miss your chance to have a really outstanding piece of motion picture history. With a little TLC this poster will be a looker! I will list this piece just once more....then it's off to either the restorer or the auction house."

If you have sufficient TLC, and the talent to match (or the knowhow to find a capable restorer), this might be worth picking up. Of course, you'll also need sufficient money to buy it -- bidding starts at $359.99 (it just came on the market), and bids close at 7:47 p.m. (Eastern) next Wednesday. If you're a serious memorabilia collector or a restorer, or simply want to learn more, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Rumba-1935-Carole-Lombard-George-Raft-DANCE-/330550981835?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf65fb4cb.

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