Posted by vp19 on 2015.01.02 at 12:01
Current mood: artistic
For some reason, Paramount liked using a “keyhole” motif for its promotional portraits in the early 1930s, as seen by that image above of Carole Lombard for 1930’s “Safety In Numbers.” A year later, the studio did something similar for Carole in a still for “Ladies’ Man” (her expression in both pictures is nearly identical):
What was it about? The back of the photo tells us:
“The fur jacket is here to stay”? Not 84 years later, thankfully (and if Lombard, then 22 and a devoted animal lover, were that age today, the sensibilities she’d now be infused with would lead her to go with faux fur or no fur). Nevertheless, Carole looks stylish in this Otto Dyar portrait. (Born in 1892, Dyar would work at Paramount and in Hollywood for many years, dying on Dec. 26, 1988.)
This rare photo of Lombard is an eagerly coveted item — it was posted Thursday evening, and as of this writing already has seven bids, topping at $33. Since this auction won’t conclude until 9:25 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Sunday, expect the bidding to skyrocket. But if you have your heart set on this, or are merely curious, visithttp://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1931-PRE-CODE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-OTTO-DYAR-PHOTOGRAPH-KEYHOLE-PIN-UP-FASHION-/291340954590?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43d5462bde.