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A few from the RKO years

Three photos of Carole Lombard from her time at RKO (1939 to early 1941) have surfaced on eBay. First, this stunning pic showing Lombard in white, standing between two pillars, along with the snipe on the back:



The photo, from the summer of 1939, came from Hearst's International News Service syndicate for use by fashion editors. It's 8" x 10", and in very good condition.

This one'll cost you, as you can buy it outright for $139.95 or begin bidding at $119.95, in which case bidding will conclude at 10:34 p.m. (Eastern) Friday. Get more information at http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREAT-1939-FASHION-PHOTO-OF-CAROLE-LOMBARD-DIED-AT-33-IN-A-PLANE-CRASH-/320879671330?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab5eb3822.

Next (from the same seller), this photo, showing Carole fronting a rather weird background:



You may have seen this pic before, as Lux used it for advertising during a time when Lombard was a frequent participant on "Lux Radio Theater":



The prices and conditions are identical to the photo above, though here bidding would conclude at 9:38 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. To bid, or just to check it out, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREAT-1939-CAROLE-LOMBARD-PORTRAIT-ARTISTIC-AND-SASSY-/320881047892?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab6003954.

Finally, this relatively sober portrait of Lombard, promoting her new, dramatic persona, in a relatively sober suit jacket:



It's a 7" x 9.5" original, with slightly creased corners.

One senses the seller knows little about Lombard other than that she was a movie star, because she is listed for a 1927 silent, "The Fighting Eagle," in which she had a bit part at most; it isn't shown in Frederick W. Ott's "The Films Of Carole Lombard." (Given Carole's patriotism, perhaps "the fighting eagle" would have been a good nickname for her!) Lombard's Wikipedia bio lists the film, and the seller shows it as a link, which probably explains things.

Bidding starts at $7.99 (the seller is in the UK), a reasonable price for this stylish portrait, with bids closing at 5:29 a.m. (Eastern) Tuesday. To learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-The-Fighting-Eagle-1927-Film-Actress-/380427135427?pt=UK_Collectables_Photographs_MJ&hash=item58933969c3.

We noted Doris Day's celebration this week at Turner Classic Movies the other day, and since today is her actual birthday, let's celebrate with one of my favorites of hers -- from 1945, one of her big hits with Les Brown's orchestra, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time":
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