Of late, a number of items pertaining to Carole Lombard's first starring role -- in the 1925 Fox drama "Marriage In Transit," made when she was closer to 16 than 17 -- have surfaced on the memorabilia circuit. (If only the movie itself would do likewise.)
Earlier this month, we pointed out that a "bridal" portrait of Lombard, initially thought to be associated with her real-life 1931 marriage to William Powell, was actually a promotional photo for the '25 film (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/415548.html, http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/416723.html). Now, a lobby card from "Marriage" has been discovered:
The card features three photos -- here are closeups of the two with Carole:
The card measures 11" x 14", generally in very fine condition. According to the seller, it has "three small, light creases at right edge ~- dent/crease at bottom left corner tip ~- light vertical streak at left center."
Unlike the aforementioned bridal photo, in this case the seller knows the value of this item, even though Lombard's name isn't on the card. He or she is aware it is "the film in which Carole Lombard was cast in her first leading role -- a gem for Lombard fans and collectors." And that it is.
This won't go cheap; you can buy it for $325. To learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Orig-1925-Lobby-Card-1st-Leading-Role-/220802350864?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3368d87f10. And hope that someday, somewhere, this film is found.
This week's header features Lombard, with a rather atypical hairstyle, from about 1933 or '34.