This image of Carole Lombard in a swimsuit from "True Confession," California's majestic Lake Arrowhead behind her, is the base ingredient for today's topic...paper dolls. For some reason, I'm not sure why, this hasn't been something we've explored in our more than 4 1/2 years at "Carole & Co.", even though it's certainly a hobby with many fans.
Remove the scarf from her head, alter the pose just a little bit, and...voila! There you have Carole, all ready to go for a round of paper dolling...with some costumes from some of her classic films to place atop her.
This is part of an item being sold on eBay, along with paper dolls of Lombard's one-time Paramount cohort Nancy Carroll...
...and Carole's old Cocoanut Grove dance rival, Joan Crawford:
The seller says, "I am not sure what they were cut out of (magazine or book), but they are on stiff paper." Fortunately, from the font of the print and the actresses involved, I do know where they are from:
It's "Glamorous Movie Stars Of The Thirties Paper Dolls" by Tom Tierney, a book I've seen in stores for many years. Tierney has created all sorts of paper doll books on an array of fields, from fashion to history.
This is being auctioned at eBay, with the starting bid at $9.99; bids close at 8:27 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday. If you're interested, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Paper-Dolls-Joan-Crawford-Carole-Lombard-Nancy-Carroll-/140680928502?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c13c9cf6 for more information.
If you'd like the entire book, that's available, too; visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glamorous-Movie-Stars-Thirties-Paper-Dolls-Book-Tom-Tierney-1978-Dover-/270892810465?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f127840e1. Bids there also begin at $9.99, with bidding ending at 11:41 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday.
Tierney may be the best-known paper doll creator, but he's far from the only one. Brenda Sneathen Mattox has done a nice job on movie star paper dolls, and here are her Lombard creations (including one with a special guest!):
Each of these pages measure 8 1/2" x 11". You can get the entire set for $10; to find out more, go to http://www.fancyephemera.com/moviestars.html#CAROLELOMBARD.
Oh, and the subject line? Most of you probably understood the reference; it's the opening to "Paper Doll," perhaps the biggest hit the Mills Brothers ever had. It topped the pop charts for 10 weeks in late 1943 and early '44.