A charming photo of Carole from the late 1930s, taken by RKO's Alexander Kahle. It's got a snipe with that unique typewriter face belonging to RKO's publicity office, and though it advertises a film called "Memory Of Love," we know it as "In Name Only."
Above the snipe is a marking of Nov. 8, 1939 -- long after "Memory Of Love" became "In Name Only" -- and we learn it's from the "Call-Bulletin." It's almost certainly from the San Francisco Call-Bulletin, a Hearst paper and partner to its better-known sibling, the San Francisco Examiner. But take a look at the upper right-hand corner of the image below.
"From Collection of Susan Marie Rice." Susan was a longtime Lombard collector who lived with her family in Glendale, not far from Carole's final resting place at Forest Lawn. When I made my first visit to southern California in June 1989, I visited Susan, who showed me a few of the items in her considerable Lombard collection. Some years afterward, she passed on at a much too early age.
This 8" x 10" photo, in good condition, can be bought straight up for $139.95, or you can bid for it beginning at $119.95, in which case bidding will end at 10:38 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. You can learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/GREAT-CAROLE-LOMBARD-PORTRAIT-BY-ALEX-KAHLE-1939-FASHION-MEMORY-OF-LOVE-/320894925738?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab6d3fbaa. I only hope that whomever ends up with it has as much affection for Lombard as Susan did...which admittedly will be a difficult task.
I have no personal tie-in with the other photo being offered, other to say that it's a beauty of Carole with second husband Clark Gable at the Encino ranch where the other photo was taken:
Don't they just look so content and relaxed?
This photo is from Culver Pictures, and was distributed by Gable's home studio of MGM:
This is in similar condition to the other photo, and has the same buy now or bid setup. It even has the same bidding deadline to the very minute. However, it's substantially cheaper -- $99.95 to buy, $89.95 for the minimum bid. For additional information, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-AT-HOME-IN-ENCINO-/320894925913?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab6d3fc59.