As promised, more vintage Carole Lombard photos available through eBay, and we'll start with this one, showing Lombard the khaki-clad huntress, ready to shoot down her prey. Nice pic, you say, but what's the context? The entire front of the pic provides the answer:
"Made For Each Other" -- ah yes, who can forget Carole's character, Jane Mason, in the hunting scene? (Be thankful husband John got that cinder out of her eye, or else she might really be dangerous.) OK, it's not actually from the movie, just a publicity shot.
It's 8" x 10", listed in very good to excellent condition; according to the seller, Hollywood Paper, "Slightly toned and faded, several minor handling creases, very faint traces of ink residue to the right of Carole's head from a photo with a wet ink stamp being laid on top of this one, tiny folds in the bottom corners, and a faint curved indentation that runs from the stock of the gun to Carole's left foot." But who's complaining?
This image of a real-life screen goddess evoking Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt, would be an ideal gift for anyone who loves both classic Hollywood and the outdoors. As no one has bid on it yet, you can buy it for $119.95 or, if you'd like to try your hand at bidding, begin at $107.95, in which case bidding will end at 10:34 p.m. (Eastern) next Friday. Get in on the action or find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-OUT-HUNTING-WITH-GUN-VG-to-EXC-COND-FILM-WITH-JAMES-STEWART-/180892420494?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1e07498e.
No students of mythology have been able to identify a goddess of fashion, but whomever it was would approve of this stylish portrait of Lombard, one that also features a snipe:
It's from Universal's 1936 film "Love Before Breakfast," and note that the studio "planted" it to a magazine (in this case, Screenland) in early February that year. And to get a better idea of what that snipe says, let's isolate and enlarge it:
Those of you who enjoy colorizing old pics, dig out the grey, navy and silver. "Smart elegance," indeed.
Also from Hollywood Paper, this is 8" x 10" and listed in good+ condition. (There are three punch holes at the top of the photo, indicating this was probably part of some keybook.) It's substantially cheaper than the first photo, as it can be bought for $59.95 or bid on starting at $49.95, with bids expiring at 10:38 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. All the information is available at http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-FASHION-PHOTO-1936-ART-DECO-LOVE-BEFORE-BREAKFAST-/320913105672?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab7e96308.
Finally, back to RKO for an image from the 1940 drama "Vigil In The Night," a film -- and performance -- that's the antithesis of the casual, joyous Lombard we know and love. This Carole, playing a British nurse, shows her intensity and determination:
Note the inscription on the back is written in another language (German?).
It's Hollywood Paper as well, and it's 8" x 10", in good condition (some wrinkling in the lower right side, and some light discoloration on her right cheek and chin). It's also a buy for $59.95, bid for $49.95, but the bidding deadline is a few days earlier -- 10:36 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday. To find out more, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOVELY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-AS-A-NURSE-1939-VIGIL-IN-THE-NIGHT-DIED-IN-PLANE-CRASH-/320911972269?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab7d817ad.