The curious cases of Carole   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.03.24 at 20:30
Current mood: curiouscurious

carole lombard hollywood november 1935a color

Above is a stunning pic of Carole Lombard — an honest-to-goodness color photo, no less — from the November 1935 issue of Hollywood magazine…but perhaps you’re not a memorabilia collector, or don’t wish to shell big bucks for a copy. Thanks to an eBay seller, you can do the next best thing, though that cover image will be scaled down to about 30 percent of its original size:

carole lombard case hollywood magazine november 1935a

It’s a stainless steel case measuring 4″ x 2 3/4″ x 5/8″. The item is what used to popularly be known as a “cigarette case” (and indeed, it can hold up to 16 cigarettes — regular, king size or extra long). But as the seller emphasizes (in all caps), “IT’S NOT JUST FOR SMOKERS”; it can hold a driver’s license, business cards, 14 credit cards, coins and bills . Here’s visual proof:

carole lombard case interior 00a
carole lombard case interior 01a

Oh, this is the same seller who a few years ago sold cases featuring a tiny reproduction of the poster from Carole’s 1934 film “The Gay Bride” and humorously marketed it under the title “The Lesbian Bride” ( That’s not part of this sale, but other 15 Lombard-related cases are. In addition to the Hollywood vertical case, there’s one with a horizontal Carole in a vertical setting, from Hollywood of June 1938…

carole lombard case hollywood magazine june 1938a

...Screen Book of September ’35 and a Paramount publicity portrait…

carole lombard case screen book september 1935acarole lombard case publicity photo 00a

…Carole with Clark Gable after their marriage and with Gary Cooper in “I Take This Woman”…

carole lombard case clark gable 00a
carole lombard case i take this woman 00a

…even art from a British cigarette card:

carole lombard case cigarette card 00a

A gift card (which can be personalized) is included.

The cases each sell for $18.20, or you can make a minimum bid of $13.99. To bid, buy or view all the designs, visit

With that…case closed.


Posted March 24, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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