Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.13 at 20:58
Current mood: irritated
Over the years, I’ve rarely run colorized images of Carole Lombard, aside from occasional newspaper rotogravures or magazine covers made at the time. The reason is that, for the most part, I tend to be cool to them, no matter how good the intentions of the colorizers may be — and quite a few of them are done quite well, better than some of the films featuring Lombard that were colorized in the late 1980s (specifically “My Man Godfrey” or “Made For Each Other”).
The reason? Few of them can convince me they’re the “real deal” or even resemble it. Instead, they are the visual equivalent of those “reprocessed” stereo versions of monophonic recordings record labels issued in the ’60s and ’70s, resulting in recordings from legends such as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley that were so bathed in echo or similar tricks that they proved nearly unlistenable. Eventually, the labels learned to leave well enough alone, and you hear Sinatra or Presley circa 1956 the way they deserve to sound.
So it is with colorized Carole. The top pic is subtly done, looking close to realistic. But the colors on the bottom two images simply are too intense for the sophisticated viewer (in the last pic, one doubts Lombard ever owned a casual blouse in such a deep blue).
So I present the following photo to you with a bit of trepidation, although it’s a vintage image from the mid-thirties, one I’ve never seen before (Paramount p1202-1116 to be precise). That’s because it’s in black and white –– save for the red added to Lombard’s lips.
Curious about how it would look without artist-engineered lipstick? So was I — so I did a greyscale version of the image, and here it is:
As for the photo itself, it measures 7 1/4″ x 10″, and the seller writes “it has been trimmed and has glue and tape remnants on back and a little creasing and paper loss on one top corner.” A view of the back confirms that information:
Bidding opens at $19.95, and the auction closes at 4:07 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. To bid or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Orig-1935-Portrait-Photo-in-White-Fur-Paramount-Pictures-/380997251577?hash=item58b534b1f9.