Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.17 at 23:19
Current mood: drained
There’s a misconception that once Carole Lombard and Clark Gable were married, they stayed at the ranch and eschewed nightlife completely aside from film premieres or charitable work (e.g., promoting Greek war relief). Actually, the Gables occasionally drove down from Encino to have fun times, though hardly to the extent they did before they were linked as a couple.
Take the image above, for instance. From the snipe on the back, we learn it’s from August 1941, with Clark and Carole dropping by Ciro’s, owned by Billy Wilkerson of Hollywood Reporter fame on Sunset Boulevard:
It’s one of two vintage photos of the couple up for auction; the other is from December 1940 and was taken outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore:
While we now know quite a bit about their visit and the real reason they were at Hopkins (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/86196.html), the snipe with this pic adds some more information (did Clark and Carole ride from Washington in a car provided by President Franklin D. Roosevelt?):
The photo taken in Baltimore measures 7″ x 9″ and has an opening bid of 99 cents, but expect several bids to be made before this auction closes at 9:57 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. To bid or get more information, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-Elegant-Couple-of-Cinema-/261592812228?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce8258ac4.
The pic from Ciro’s is 8″ x 10″ and has two bids as of this writing, topping out at $1.04, and ends one minute before the Hopkins shot. Curious? Then visithttp://www.ebay.com/itm/1941-Original-Photo-MRS-MR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-The-Queen-with-THE-KING-/251644813676?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a9733216c.
There’s one more pic of Carole with a male…but he’s substantially younger than Gable:
Most of us know this 6″ x 8″ image is from “Made For Each Other,” where Lombard plays the wife of James Stewart and whose character has a baby. But one of those who didn’t know was the seller, who lists it as “A Vintage 1940s Original Photograph featuring Carole Lombard holding her little one.” (Carole never had a child, and if she’d had one at the time “Made For Each Other” was made, it would have raised quite a fuss, since it was filmed in late 1938 and she and Clark hadn’t married yet.)
One bid has been made, for 99 cents, and the auction ends at 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. Learn more about the photo at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940s-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-with-a-Her-BABY-/281438859212?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4187102fcc.