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Posted by vp19 on 2014.11.20 at 16:56

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carole lombard high voltage 31b front

Apologies to all of you from western New York — as a Syracuse native, I know the results of too much lake-effect snow. This is from 1929’s “High Voltage,” Carole Lombard’s first all-talkie, and she’s among a group of stranded people yelling at an airplane to help rescue them from the snowbound building where they’ve been stranded. (This and several other outdoor snow scenes were filmed in northern Nevada.)

This is an original photo, although the writing of “1929” on the back, not to mention spelling Lombard’s first name with an “e” (at Pathe, her name was listed as “Carol”) indicates it was marked sometime later:

carole lombard high voltage 31b back

According to the seller, “the black spots are glue residue left over from mounting in an album.” The photo itself is said to be in OK condition, “with a fold (not a tear) near the bottom edge, hardly visible on the photo.”

Bidding opens at a mere $5, with the auction closing at 1:01 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.). Someone will be giving thanks for acquiring this Lombard rarity; if you’d like a chance for that someone to be you, visit

The seller has about two dozen Lombard items currently available, among them this rare image from “Made For Each Other”…

carole lombard made for each other 76a front

…which was used in a Spanish-language publication:

carole lombard made for each other 76a back

The opening bid is $8, and the auction ends at 3:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Turkey Day. Want it? Then check it out at

All the Lombard stuff is at

Posted November 20, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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