It's p1202-726, from 1934 (the outfit Lombard's wearing ties it to "We're Not Dressing"), but who's that person with her? And what's that diagram beneath them all about? We do know that's a sound engineer alongside Carole, and the diagram has something to do with audio reception. By this time, Lombard was known throughout the industry for her uncanny knowledge of lighting and cinematography (a talent shared by studio stablemate Marlene Dietrich), but her pleasantly modulated voice helped her survive the chaotic silent-to-talkies transition in the late 1920s, so Carole probably was equally interested in the aural aspect of movies (if she'd known what Hedy Lamarr had up her sleeve, technologically speaking, who knows what might have resulted!). This is one occasion where a snipe would be extremely helpful.
It's an 8" x 10" in superb condition with no marks, and a definite Lombard rarity. Bidding begins at $9.99, with bids closing at 8:15 p.m. (Eastern) Friday. To bid, or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-PARAMOUNT-PICTURES-1934-VINTAGE-SEXY-RARE-SOUND-WAVES/181142512160?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D7759770396204452117%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D200925588629%26. (Just how often do you see the juxtaposition of the words "sexy" and "sound waves"?) The seller has some other Lombard pix of note available, and they will be the subject of Monday's entry.
The other two Lombard p1202 pics are a package deal -- p1202-841 on top, with p1202-1379 below:
Note that p1202-841 was from the same session that produced p1202-843...
...while p1202-1379, a Eugene Robert Richee photo, came out of a session that brought us p1202-1380:
The tandem of p1202-841 and p1202-1379 are being sold straight up for $14.99, a relative bargain for vintage Lombard portraits (both are in very good condition). To snap these up, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-VINTAGE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-PARAMOUNT-PICTURES-PROMOTIONAL-PHOTOGRAPHS/200925588629?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D7760436129353338408%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D181142512160%26.
Lombard looks over her left shoulder against a shimmering backdrop in our latest LiveJournal header, p1202-86.