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Two from her present, four from her past tense

carole lombard nothing sacred 53b front

An eBay seller known as the "seattle_washington_archive" is selling six original Carole Lombard (or Lombard-related; we'll explain that one later) photos with a opening bid price of $9.88. You don't have much time to pursue them, either, as bidding on all six closes between 6:09 and 6:13 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. As of this writing, four have no bids, two have one each.

That includes the above, a black-and-white publicity photo from Carole's 1937 Technicolor comedy hit "Nothing Sacred." To prove it's original, here's what's on the reverse:

carole lombard nothing sacred 53a back

Don't know which town's Liberty Theatre the 1938 snippet was referring to (many burgs had a theater by that name), but the "Poncho" listing for 1976 was -- and is -- a beloved repertory house in Seattle.

A June 1938 photo of Lombard with Clark Gable at the Northridge horse show is not uncommon, but it's nonetheless interesting to see the snipe on the back:

carole lombard clark gable 122a front
carole lombard clark gable 122a back

The next four images are tinged with sadness, however, as they were issued after that fateful evening of Jan. 16, 1942. In this one, Lombard is "feared dead":

carole lombard to be or not to be 33a frontcarole lombard to be or not to be 33a back

Later, after her death was confirmed, this pic of her at the Indianapolis bond rally was sent. We now know it wasn't the last photo of Lombard, of course:

carole lombard bond rally 00a front
carole lombard bond rally 00a back

About a month later, as "To Be Or Not To Be" neared its arrival in theaters, this portrait of Carole with Jack Benny was issued:

carole lombard to be or not to be 32a frontcarole lombard to be or not to be 32a back

Now that "Lombard-related" photo I earlier mentioned. Carole had many fans in Great Britain (we've run many a UK magazine cover of her as proof), and in her memory, one of the ambulances of the British Volunteer Ambulance Corps featured a plaque, presented by United Artists, which produced "To Be Or Not To Be":

carole lombard british volunteer ambulance corps memorial 00a front
carole lombard british volunteer ambulance corps memorial 00a back

Interested in any of these photos? Here's where you can learn more, or bid if you so desire:

For the "Nothing Sacred" press still: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1938-Carole-Lombard-and-Fredric-March-in-Nothing-Sacred-Press-Photo-/200775370160?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2ebf2505b0.

For Carole and Clark at the horse show: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1938-Carole-Lombard-and-Clark-Gable-Press-Photo-/200775370115?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2ebf250583.

For the "To Be Or Not To Be" solo portrait: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1942-Carol-Lombard-Actress-feared-dead-TWA-Sky-Club-Airliner-Press-Photo-/200775368200?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2ebf24fe08.

For the bond rally photo: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1942-Carol-Lombard-Actress-helps-sell-defense-bonds-Press-Photo-/200775368261?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2ebf24fe45.

For Lombard with Jack Benny: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1942-Carol-Lombard-Actress-last-Film-Role-Press-Photo-/200775368206?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2ebf24fe0e.

For the Carole Lombard ambulance plaque: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1942-Cecily-Bowman-Ambulance-driver-Plaque-Carol-Lombard-Press-Photo-/200775368122?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item2ebf24fdba.

The pair of "To Be Or Not To Be" pictures each have one bid as of this writing; the others await their initial bid.

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