For someone who made all of one film at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Carole Lombard certainly spent a lot of time there -- much of that, of course, due to the presence of her future (and eventual) second husband, Clark Gable. (The photo above was from their first anniversary at Clark's dressing room in March 1940, but we'll use it to commemorate the 113th anniversary of Gable's birth today.)
But here is something that genuinely connects Carole with MGM, a rare artifact if ever I saw one:
It's a dressing room tag with Lombard's name on it, roughly one-and-one-half times its actual size of 3.5" x 1". Now it's possible that MGM created one for Carole at about the time she made her lone film at the studio, "The Gay Bride" in late 1934:
However, she may have been given one because she was frequently at the studio thanks to her closeness to Clark -- after all, he had one, too:
The seller says these are "From the family of an MGM employee. These tags were purchased in a lot from the elderly daughter of an MGM employee. She was selling other items and eventually brought out a collection of these tags and said they might be of some interest. She told how her father would take the tags down (likely during a set change or other dressing room takedown) and put them into a bucket to take home to her."
These are being sold as a unit; as of this writing, eight bids have been made, topping out at $71. The deadline is 9:14 p.m. (Eastern) next Sunday, and if you'd like to place a bid, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Clark-Gable-Carol-Lombard-Dressing-Room-Tags-Archived-by-MGM-Employ/181313972281?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.RVI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D4539376296424567346%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D0%26rkt.
Other tags of MGM stars of that era are available, too:
That's a pretty good group of actors. Find out about their tags by going to http://www.ebay.com/sch/csshedd/m.html?item=181313978539&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562
Lombard models a sparkling gown in our latest LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-344.