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Posted by vp19 on 2015.06.04 at 13:57

Current mood: impressedimpressed

Three vintage original Carole Lombard photos — all featuring snipes or other information on the back — currently are on sale at eBay. We’ll start with literally the biggest of the three, this measures “approximately 12.75″ x 13.5″. Trimmed down from 16″ x 20″ is this rare single-weight glossy portrait of Lombard from the film ‘The Princess Comes Across.’ The photograph has a studio snipe glued to the back plus marker crossing out something but does not bleed through.” And here is that snipe:

The seller adds, “My flash has caused a glare on her shoulder. The photo has a minor wrinkle top left in the background. Overall it is in good condition.”

You can buy it for $149.99 or $25 a month for six months (there’s only a penny’s difference), or you can make an offer. Find out more by visiting

Next up, Carole — recently divorced from William Powell — poolside at her Beverly Hills home in late 1933 through the lens of Otto Dyar. Proof he took it is on the back:

Also a single-weight but a mere 8″ x 10″, this is considered to be in mint condition, and has the same “buy-or-make-offer” option — although here it goes for $124.99 or $21 monthly for six months. All the information is at

Finally, a photo of Lombard with new husband Clark Gable, taken at her house on March 30, 1939, the day after they were wed:

What’s of special interest to this one is that it was issued by MGM, which naturally stressed Gable’s side of things (just as RKO did likewise for its newly-signed Lombard on its photos of the event):

One wonders whether the ill-fated Otto Winkler, who accompanied the couple to Kingman, Ariz., for the wedding, wrote the snipe.

Unlike the other two pics, this one is double-weight, and semi-gloss to boot; it’s an 8″ x 10″ in mint condition selling for $149.99 ($25 a month for six months), or you can make an offer. See the particulars at

Posted June 4, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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