It's no secret that Carole Lombard filled out a swimsuit as well as any actress of the 1930s, although she more or less stopped posing for such portraits after 1937. And while the above pic (my favorite of Carole in swimwear) still doesn't have its Paramount p1202 number identified (help!), another pic of the poolside Lombard does -- and it's up for auction at eBay. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you p1202-792:
That pic has sort of a Jean Harlow-esque feel, doesn't it?
And there's a snipe on the back as well:
This was taken in 1934, at about the time Carole did plenty of swimsuit shots, such as p1202-789...
With the autumnal chill beginning to blanket much of the northern hemisphere, I hope these pics cheer you up (or, if you plan on wearing a swimsuit in 2015, provide some inspiration).
More on the p1202-792 being auctioned: It's an 8" x 10" original in "very good -- almost excellent" condition, according to the seller, and is double-weight. Moreover, the seller wins points from me for knowing that the Carole and Gary Cooper film called "You Belong To Me" was renamed "Now And Forever," with up-and-coming Shirley Temple also part of the cast.
As of this writing, three bids have been made, topping out at $28.99; the auction continues through 6:11 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. Like to add it to your collection? Then go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-models-a-bathing-suit-ORIGINAL-1934-portrait-nice-figure/371155864679?_trksid=p5411.c100169.m2942&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140131123815%26meid%3D11d8f11e5be344c5b9c8d054d94d8cf6%26pid%3D100169%26prg%3D20140131123815%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D161443945429 to bid or find out more.