Lombard, Argentine style   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2013.12.10 at 01:10
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carole lombard p1202-1533b

From the subject line, that must be the photo we’re referring to, as Carole Lombard surveys the vast plains, the pampas, that makes ideal grazing land for Argentina’s farmers (or is imagining to survey; as we all know, she never visited Argentina, or any country in South America). Perhaps Lombard the boxing fan is thinking of Argentine heavyweight Luis Firpo, nicknamed the “Wild Bull of the Pampas,” whose title match with Jack Dempsey at New York’s Polo Grounds arguably remains the wildest bout in boxing history. (Oh, and that photo, Paramount p1202-1533, was later appropriated by the Gap chain to sell khakis.)

But, to change the sporting context from boxing to baseball, I’ve thrown you a curve. Here’s the Argentine-related pic of Carole:

carole lombard 2518a front
carole lombard 2518a back

This is a Paramount portrait of Lombard from Argentina, sometime in 1933. There’s no p1202 number, nor is the photographer identified. But it is vintage, and it is lovely. And it can be yours.

It’s an 8″ x 10″, in good condition for an image that’s 80 years old. The seller says of it, “Surface details. Minor folds in the corners. Minor dints.”

The opening bid is $95, and bids are slated to close at 4:58 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Think you’re interested, or simply are curious? You can learn more by visitinghttp://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROL-LOMBARD-Original-Vintage-Photograph-1933-PARAMOUNT-PORTRAIT/151184961474?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D18475%26meid%3D3291671356782248319%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D8385%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D201000102707%26.

I mentioned the Dempsey-Firpo fight, which has become legendary in boxing lore (it was used as a setting for a scene in 1934’s “Manhattan Melodrama”). I understand my grandfather — who died five years before I was born — attended the bout that night, and I’m sure he never forgot it. Who could, considering the amazing first round, where Dempsey knocked Firpo down numerous times, but couldn’t secure a ten-count…only to have the Argentine then knock him out of the ring. Some reporters at ringside helped get Dempsey back in the ring just in time, and the champion would retain his crown by knocking out Firpo in the second round.

Fortunately, the fight was filmed — and here it is, with some after-the-fact commentary and slow-motion replays of key moments. Take yourself back to the Polo Grounds on the night of Sept. 14, 1923 for the brawl to end all brawls:

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Posted December 10, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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