Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.26 at 13:47
Current mood: lethargic
Back in the day, long before the Surgeon General’s report, Carole Lombard smoked cigarettes; at the time, the vast majority of American adults did. It was deemed to exude an air of sophistication — at least that was the (mis)information tobacco companies provided through incessant advertising.
Above is a languid Lombard with a smoke, and here’s another portrait of her, cigarette in hand:
Each of these images, 8″ x 10″ reproductions in mint condition, are up for auction at eBay, with an opening bid of $4.99. Bidding closes next Friday. For the photo on top, go tohttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Glossy-8X10-2-of-Legendary-actress-Carole-Lombard-/131306596106?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e927ba70a; for the one below, visithttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Glossy-8X10-13-of-Legendary-actress-Carole-Lombard-/141419890514?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20ed484752.
We earlier mentioned advertising, and Lombard herself participated in tobacco ads (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/260044.html). One of them, for Old Gold in 1934, has been reproduced as a metal sign:
The seller notes this “gives the effect of aging with its simulated rusted edges and scratched and faded paint. It has smooth rounded corners and includes mounting holes.” However, it measures a mere 7″ x 10″, so if you purchase one and anyone asks if it’s genuine, just reply that people were smaller then. (Also, it’s made of .040 gauge aluminum.)
It’s being sold for $16.95, nearly one-third off its regular $24.95 price, and at last check more than 10 were available. To buy yours, head to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carol-Lombard-for-Old-Gold-Cigarettes-Vintage-Look-Reproduction-Metal-Sign-/121446497570?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c46c67d22.