No, not that kind of case, especially since it provoked a not-so-heavenly response from the afterlife Carole Lombard (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/50359.html). Instead, we're referring to cases you can use to carry currency, credit cards...even cigarettes if you still indulge in the tobacco habit.
We've promoted these items before here, and the seller has come around again with a few more Lombard-related designs. Unless you're one of the lucky few who actually has seen Lombard's teaming with Gary Cooper in "I Take This Woman" since it resurfaced for public display in 2001, you'll probably find it easier to secure this pic of Carole and Coop.on the case than to actually see the movie. (Let's hope it at last gains more public display in the near future.)
Ten of these cases measure 4" x 2 3/4" x 5/8". Here are a few others, starting with Lombard and Jack Benny in the Ernst Lubitsch marvel of dark comedy, "To Be Or Not To Be":
Carole herself goes over to the "dark side" (temporarily) in the 1933 horror thriller "Supernatural":
You want a Gable and Lombard "case"? Well, here are Clark and Carole from "No Man of Her Own," but there's not a murder in sight. (Whoddya think they are -- Nick and Nora?)
There are a couple of magazine cover reproductions too, including this one from Screen Book:
Three of the 13 items have a slightly different function -- not only can they carry cash or cigs, but hooch, too. They combine a five-ounce flask with "the seentials such as business cards, cash, coins, condoms, pills..." (Those are the seller's words, not mine; I'll simply say that after swigging five ounces of hard liquor, a condom might come in handy.) And this one has an ad for a Lombard film set during Prohibition, 1930's "Fast and Loose":
The flasks sell for $24.99, the cigarette cases for $13.99. View the entire list by visiting http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=coastalcolors805&hash=item3ab6169ee0%3Ag%3A--8AAOSw~bFWQHkn&item=252163038944&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR7.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS1&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.
Oh, and congratulations to actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr on the 101st anniversary of her birth. As most of us know by now, Lamarr -- a genuine mathematical wizard -- helped invent a method of radar that enabled the Allies to win World War II and paved the way for cell phone and similar technology. Not bad for an actress who was one of her era's great beauties, but said of it, "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." Google honored her today with a birthday salute: