We've seen photos showing Carole Lombard playing tennis (legend has it she was among the best female players in the film community). We've seen photos showing Carole watching tennis, perhaps to notice something she could add to her game. Here's one more pic from the latter camp:
To borrow a lyric from several decades later, her future's so bright she has to wear shades. And we know even more about this photo, since it's from the archives of Photoplay:
It was taken at the Los Angeles Tennis Club, there's a "DEC 1935" stamp and a handwritten request: "Please use in layout if possible." Was it used? Let's check out the December 1935 issue...voila!
The pic was cropped a bit, so let's isolate it:
"Cute as a boarding school deb." Not sure if Lombard liked that comment, but we certainly do. As a bonus, the copy below includes a Carole-related item:
"Spinster Dinner" was the name of the Faith Baldwin story that was the basis of the Lombard comedy "Love Before Breakfast," though whether this blurb was what prompted Universal officials to rename the film is anyone's guess. (Moreover, when it hit theaters in early '36, Randolph Scott was nowhere to be found.)
Lombard could be found elsewhere in the issue, such as in Cal York's gossip column (as we've noted before, there really was no "Cal York" on the staff; the nom de plume represented California and New York, where the bulk of gossip items originated):
Nearly twice the sapphire fire from Lombard, unlike the struggling character she was playing in her most recent movie, one Photoplay raved about (note the star near the title):
The original photo of Carole watching tennis -- "in very good condition, sharp with excellent tonality and contrast," according to the seller -- is being sold for $125, or you can make an offer. Find out all the information at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PUBLICITY-PRESS-PHOTO-/261428251393?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cde568b01.
Meanwhile, Lombard wants to get back to playing...