I'm back after a few days with family in metropolitan Washington -- and yes, I saw my beloved Washington Nationals (in fact, I saw a doubleheader Friday as the Nats split with Miami, and got home tonight, in time to see the Nats rally to beat the Marlins). Now back to Carole Lombard memorabilia, and a few intriguing items from eBay.
Above is one of them, Paramount p1202-1391 from 1936, a vintage 8" x 10" double-weight with slightly trimmed borders. Bids begin at $9.99, and bidding closes at 6:41 p.m. (Eastern) next Saturday. To bid or find out more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-STUNNING-Vintage-Hollywood-Portrait-/130743012813?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e70e40dcd.
Here's one of Carole with Clark Gable, taken in November 1940 at Burbank Airport:
It's from the American Airlines News Bureau, and I think the couple was going on a hunting trip. Perhaps Carole Sampeck of The Lombard Archive can fill me in. (It's not the trip to Washington and Baltimore, as that took place in December and they went east by train.)
The pic is borderless, measuring 7" x 10 3/4". Bids for this one also begin at $9.99, with a bid deadline of 6:05 p.m. (Eastern) next Saturday. All the info is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-and-CLARK-GABLE-ready-to-board-FLAGSHIP-SKYSLEEP-/170890601604?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c9dfa484.
Now, a Lombard Max Factor ad from early 1933 (we know that because there's a reference to "From Hell To Heaven"):
The ad is actually larger than this (5" x 13 1/4") and is in excellent condition. You can buy it now for $8.49 if you purchase within the next few days; otherwise it's $9.99. Learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1933-Carole-Lombard-photo-Max-Factor-Society-Make-Up-vintage-print-ad-/310418935062?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4846690d16.
Finally, since this weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Marilyn Monroe, here's an item that deals with Carole, Marilyn and three other sexy ladies who left us too soon -- Jean Harlow, Betty Grable (who Lombard likely knew when both were at Paramount) and Jayne Mansfield:
It's a 60-minute documentary released on VHS in 1988. I recall renting it not long after it came out, and while I can't say it was especially memorable, I don't recall anything in it I objected to. (Seeing it in 2012 might produce a different reaction.) Anyway, I'm pretty certain this never received a DVD release, so if it interests you, better have a videocassette player on hand.
"Life & Death Of A Sex Goddess" is in very good condition; it can be bought for $14.77. Find out more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Life-Death-Of-A-Sex-Goddess-VHS-Movie-Jean-Harlow-Carole-Lombard-/370636643867?pt=VHS&hash=item564baa5e1b.