It's simply a key book fashion pose from Carole Lombard's first Paramount film -- heck, she hadn't signed with the studio yet -- but her determined look sends the message, "This is where I want to be." In this spring of 1930, Lombard (wearing a still-fashionable cloche hat) was an ex-Pathe player seeking something, and for her, that was Paramount.
The pic is from "Safety In Numbers," as the back makes clear...
...and this 7 3/4" x 10", on glossy linen paper stock, is stunning. According to the seller, it's "in fine+ condition with minor corner wear and a minimal amount of surface and handling wear." No wonder it already has six bids as of this writing, topping at $21.50. Expect bidding to soar even higher, as the auction won't end until 9:44 p.m. (Eastern) Nov. 30.
It's rare and it's gorgeous. If you wish to join in the bidding (better have plenty of $ ready), visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1930-CAROLE-LOMBARD-EARLY-PRE-CODE-FLAPPER-CLOCHE-HAT-FASHION-PHOTOGRAPH-/371189521917?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item566c9e9dfd.
Soon Lombard would sign with Paramount, beginning a seven-year relationship with the studio that had its share of ups and downs.