Posted by vp19 on 2014.03.24 at 20:30
Current mood: curious
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:
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:
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” (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/431863.html). 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…
...Screen Book of September ’35 and a Paramount publicity portrait…
…Carole with Clark Gable after their marriage and with Gary Cooper in “I Take This Woman”…
…even art from a British cigarette card:
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 http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&item=161258125113&_osacat=0&_ssn=karenlaneart&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40.
With that…case closed.