Over the years, Carole Lombard posed for many a come-hither portrait, but this ranks with the best of them. From that sensual glance in her eyes to several inches of stockinged ankle, this pose defies any mortal man to resist her siren song. And indeed, many wouldn't resist -- provided Lombard hadn't (figuratively) reduced them to quivering gel by the time they reached her.
It's a new image to my online collection of Carole's Paramount p1202 portraits; this one, specifically is p1202-274. (The seller labels it from the "late '30s," although from the p1202 number, it likely is from 1932.) And the original 8" x 10" negative of this rarity now is available...though it'll cost you. Bidding opens at $189.95; the auction closes at 6:12 p.m. (Eastern) next Sunday, or you can buy it straight up for $249.95. You can bid, buy or find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-8x10-Negative-Late-1930s-/281453220831?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4187eb53df.
The seller also has this negative available:
No ID number was listed, but a check of my online files shows it matches p1202-226, also from 1932. The same buying and bidding conditions apply, although this auction will end four minutes earlier. Learn more information at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-8x10-Negative-Late-1930s-/281453220831?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4187eb53df.
Finally, yesterday marked the end of the 2014 regular season in major league baseball, and while much of the focus was on Derek Jeter's final game (both his New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were playing out the string) or the conclusion of Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko's career, the big news came out of Washington, where a no-hitter was thrown by the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann. It's the first no-hitter by any Washington MLB pitcher (Senators or Nationals) since 1931, and the final out was next to miraculous. Rookie left fielder Steven Souza Jr., put into the game for defensive purposes, ran to the wall and snared the ball hit by Miami's Christian Yelich. A fan recorded the sequence from left center at vine.co/v/OZPZPq9TZmX.
Here's the video from the Nationals broadcast: http://m.mlb.com/video/v36687991/miawsh-souza-dives-to-seal-zimmermanns-nono
The MLB Network's "Ballpark-cam" focused on Zimmermann after Yelich made contact. Watch his doubt turn to jubilation:
Oh, and I missed it because I went over to Dodger Stadium for Fan Appreciation Day and my last live look at baseball this season, rather than stay home and watch it on mlb.com. Now on to the playoffs, with hopes the Nats can bring Washington's long-suffering baseball fans their first World Series title since the 1924 Senators. (Don't tell Dodger fans of my D.C. loyalties.)