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Elegance...and not just 'In Name Only'

Posted by vp19 on 2012.12.28 at 09:47
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carole lombard rko 1939 alex kahle 02a front

Elegance was the dominant theme of Carole Lombard's publicity portraits for RKO when she joined the studio in 1939. Yes, she occasionally was photographed in casual wear, but at age 30 and now a genuine top-tier star, she could call the shots (pardon the photographic pun) in a way she never could at Paramount. The portrait above, taken by Alex Kahle in conjunction with her first film at RKO, "In Name Only," is an example of the new, dramatic-oriented Lombard.

Moreover, we learn what she's wearing from the snipe in the back, straight from that notorious RKO studio typewriter:

carole lombard rko 1939 alex kahle 02a back

An Irene design...no surprise there.

This glossy, measuring 7 1/2" x 9 1/4", is being sold at eBay for $150. Get more information at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Original-1930s-Alex-Kahle-RKO-Portrait-Photo-2-Piece-Suit-Turban-/350679925692?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51a62703bc.

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