Carole Lombard was the subject of many attractive photographic portraits taken by the great George Hurrell, but the one above has a special honor of sorts. It was the first Hurrell photo to appear in Esquire magazine, specifically the November 1936 issue:
Esquire, which debuted with its October 1933 issue, was a male-oriented magazine of some refinement; at first it focused on men's fashion, but quickly expanded into other topics. Here's the cover of that November '36 issue:
F. Scott Fitzgerald contributed a short story; other notables of the time credited on the cover include Gilbert Seldes, Havelock Ellis and Princeton football coach Fritz Crisler, who shortly would leave the Tigers to coach at the University of Michigan.
Famed pin-up artist George Petty drew a cartoon for the magazine and also illustrated an Old Gold cigarette ad:
Speaking of ads, here's one for the Studebaker President, presumably manufactured at the Studebaker plant in South Bend, Ind.:
A fascinating issue of this legendary magazine.
Listed in good condition, this November 1936 Esquire currently has a high bid of $12.99; bidding closes at 6:19 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. You can get in on the action, or simply find out more, at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-ESQUIRE-F-Scott-Fitzgerald-Petty-pinup-Carole-Lombard-HURRELL-Nazi-OLYMPICS-/390417750637?pt=Magazines&hash=item5ae6b61a6d.
This week's LiveJournal header is from one of Carole's most famous films, and her only three-strip Technicolor feature, "Nothing Sacred."