vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Wearing a cloche hat without 'Virtue'

carole lombard virtue 49c
carole lombard virtue 28c

Carole Lombard may have portrayed a reformed streetwalker in the 1932 film "Virtue," but we never see her "turning tricks"; indeed, our first view of her character Mae is aboard a commuter train where she'll be shipped off to Danbury, Conn., but she gets off at the 125th Street station in upper Manhattan and hops a southbound cab driven by Pat O'Brien (I believe that's the 125th Street station, now part of Metro-North, in the background in the lower photo).

But what might have Mae looked like while plying her "oldest profession". This come-hither pic might provide an answer, although she appears just a bit too visible to evade the vice squad:

carole lombard 2646b front

And no, this is not a promotional still for "Virtue" -- that was a Columbia production, while this image was released by...

carole lombard 2646a back

(Was Whitney Williams a Paramount staff photographer? I cannot find any reasonable link regarding the identity of this person.)

This is a vintage 8" x 10" gelatin silver photograph in fine condition, according to the seller, who adds: "There is corner wear/softening; some scattered speckling across the image area (which is under the emulsion and either came about during the development process or is a conditional issue with the original camera negative); and a scant amount of surface/handling wear." As you can see from the front, there is no coding or marking to help further identify this image.

Only one bid, for $4.95, has been made as of this writing, but the auction's not slated to end until 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Sunday -- right smack dab in the middle of the Academy Awards. If you're interested in this pic, and think you can turn away from the Oscars in the final minutes of the auction, then visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-1930S-HIGH-FASHION-CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PHOTOGRAPH-SULTRY-BAD-GIRL-CLOCHE-/371256995590?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5670a42f06.

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