In the latter half of the 1930s, Carole Lombard's image became decidedly more rustic. It may have been tied into her romance with Clark Gable, an emigre from small-town Ohio who discovered the hunting and fishing life MGM publicists suggested he pursue worked for him.
Anyway, Lombard rented a ranch in the San Fernando Valley in 1937, and found farm life was a good complement. Long an animal lover, Carole now cultivated critters far beyond dogs and cats. Some photos now available via eBay make that evident.
Here are two pics of Lombard with her beloved Palomino gelding Pico. First, Paramount p1202-1563, taken by Don English in '37:
It also has a snipe on the back...
...which we'll show in an enlarged version:
Next, p1202-1600, where Pico and Carole relax:
Its snipe, first in full length and then enlarged:
From the writing, I had guessed this pic ran in the August 1941 issue of the Spanish-language fanmag Cine-Mundial...but a check of it in the files of the Media History Digital Library yielded nothing.
p1202-1563 is 8" x 10" and seemingly in good shape aside from some minor creasing. As of this writing, one bid has been made, for $4.99; the auction closes at 8 p.m. (Eastern) Friday. Bid or find out more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Vintage-8X10-PHOTOGRAPH-HORSE-RANCH-FARM-PARAMOUNT-DON-ENGLISH/192614004064?hash=item2cd8b07560&_sop=10&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40&rt=nc.
As for p1202-1600, it's slightly smaller (5" x 7 1/2") and is on thicker paper. Bidding also ends for this at 8 p.m. (Eastern) Friday, with bids opening at $4.99. Curious? Then go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Vintage-5X7-1-2-RANCH-HORSE-FARM-CANDID-PHOTOGRAPH-NEWSPRINT/192613993533?hash=item2cd8b04c3d&_sop=10&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40&rt=nc.
Now what about that cow? Let's go from equine to bovine, with Carole the "cow" girl:
Now, the snipe, first at full size and the second focusing on it in Spanish:
It's 8" x 10" and in reasonably good shape. One bid has been made for $4.99, with the auction again ending at 8 (ET) on Friday. Additional information can be found at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Vintage-1937-farm-cow-SQUIB-NEWSPRINT-PARAMOUNT-candid-8x10/192613938169?hash=item2cd8af73f9&_sop=10&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40&rt=nc.
This next pic has no animals, but it's taken at a ranch (Leo Carrillo's):
With Lombard are Irene Hervey, Allan Jones and agent Phil Berg. It's from 1938, a party for cast and crew of MGM's "Too Hot To Handle" (starring Gable and Myrna Loy).
No one has yet bid on this as I write, and bids open at $4.99 before the auction closes at 8 (ET) Friday. You can place a bid or get more info at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Vintage-1938-SQUIB-NEWSPRINT-8x10-RANCH-ROUND-UP-CANDID-FARM/183353670343?hash=item2ab0bafac7&_sop=10&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40&rt=nc.
Finally, the Bull -- but it's not an animal. Rather, it's noted MGM photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull, who did some sessions with Lombard when she made "The Gay Bride" in Culver City in 1934:
Bull's stamp is on the back:
It's 8" x 10", on thicker paper. One bid has been made, for $4.99, and the auction closes at the same time as the others.
Get all the details at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Vintage-8x10-CANDID-GLAMOUR-PHOTOGRAPH-CLARENCE-SINCLAIR-BULL/183353703687?hash=item2ab0bb7d07&_sop=10&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40&rt=nc.