There was a time, however brief, when "To Be Or Not To Be" and "posthumous" were not synonymous with Carole Lombard...and here's proof. It's from the February 1942 issue of Screen Guide, which probably hit newsstands a few days before her fateful air accident on Jan. 16. The story refers to Lombard as Clark Gable's "hermit wife," but also includes a few photographs from her upcoming feature:
I wish I had it available at a larger size so I could read the copy; one presumes the premise is intriguing, especially in a "what-if" circumstance where the fatal crash never happened.
Myrna Loy graces the cover:
The rest of the issue has all sorts of things, including ads for the likes of "The Man Who Came To Dinner" and "Ball of Fire," not to mention color photographs of Betty Grable, Cary Grant and Ann Rutherford:
The magazine consists of 56 pages and is 10 3/8" x 13 3/8". Two bids have been made as of this writing, with the current high bid at $10.50. The auction is set to end at 9:01 a.m. (Eastern) tomorrow. For more information, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREEN-GUIDE-mag-2-1942-Myrna-Loy-Cover-Carole-Lombard-Cary-Grant-Sullavan-/161682308416?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25a5043d40.