Posted by vp19 on 2015.06.04 at 13:57
Current mood: impressed
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 http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-OVERSIZED-12X16-PHOTOGRAPH-WITH-STUDIO-SNIPE-ON-THE-BACK-/201364759838?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ee246651e.
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 http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-8X10-PHOTO-TAKEN-AT-HER-BEVERLY-HILLS-HOME-BY-OTTO-DYAR-/201364759833?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ee2466519.
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 http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-VINTAGE-8X10-DOUBLE-WEIGHT-PHOTO-ANNOUNCE-MARRIAGE-/201364759832?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ee2466518.