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Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.22 at 12:00

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Three weeks ago, we kicked off the new year with a September 1933 story in which film mogul Darryl F. Zanuck labeled Carole Lombard one of the “nine queens of Hollywood,” noting her domain was having the best figure among actresses (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/474070.html). At about that time, Lombard made a series of portraits for Paramount that made it evident.

Even while nicknamed “Carol of the curves” in the late 1920s, Lombard was never particularly voluptuous, something that might have worked against her had she been born some 20 years later. However, her fashion sense, expertise with lighting, and aid from some of the era’s greatest portrait photographers more than compensated. I’m not certain whether the photos at this session were taken by Eugene Robert Richee or Otto Dyar, but whomever did it helped maximize Carole’s rather minimal up-front “assets.” Here are p1202-388, 392 and 393, all of which we’ve run before:



Now add another to the list, p1202-396.

The pose is similar to 388, but her facial appearance is different, and the lighting and pose help accentuate her bustline in an altogether dissimilar way. Comparing the two gives one a sense of the work put in by both stars and photographers to create those ethereal portraits of the 1930s.

This 8″ x 10″ vintage photo, listed in “good” condition (the seller says it has “minor edge, corner and surface wear. There is also a few pinholes in the corners and along the side borders with 2 surface pinholes in the image that do not penetrate through the photo”). is being made available at eBay; it can be bought straight up for $95, or you can make an offer. Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-1930s-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Art-Deco-Glow-PARAMOUNT-Portrait-/270898498721?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item3f12cf0ca1 for more information.

That seller is from north of the border (western Canada); now let’s head south for this 1930s full-page newspaper pic of Carole from the Mexican publication La Prensa:

This measures 16″ x 10.6″, and the seller says it’s in “great condition” and would look “amazing framed.” (Can’t disagree.) It’s available for a mere $7 (though it’s only on sale another two days), and to find out more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190433229981&category=280&emailtemplateid=41219533&sellerid=FpRekKD1aqDSR79nXlR65w==&buyerid=FpRekKD1aqBMjcgYXvgwXw==&refid=store&ssPageName=ADME:B:SEMK:US:LISTG.

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Posted January 22, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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