So big (not really), so beautiful   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.06.22 at 22:22

Current mood: indescribableindescribable

Beautiful pic, isn’t it, showing Carole Lombard at her most regal and serene. It’s Paramount p1202-645, taken sometime in 1933. Now if you’re at a desktop computer, double-click the image and prepare to be wowed; it’s as if Carole’s been blown up to poster size. The detail is such that you can see the sparkle on her fingernails:

Alas, it’s not really that size…although if you possess darkroom equipment, you can make Carole as big (or as small) as you want. That’s because this is an Eastman Kodak nitrate negative measuring 7.75″ x 9.75″, and it’s being offered by Heritage Auctions of Dallas. The supersized version comes from Heritage’s option of viewing at a larger image — here, it’s blown up to that scale so prospective buyers can carefully check for the slightest of blemishes. According to Heritage, this is

“Vintage Eastman Kodak Nitrate negative of the beautiful Carole Lombard. An unrestored negative with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as pinholes and some mild developer residue. With today’s digital technology available through Photoshop, this original negative can easily be used to produce beautiful positive prints when correctly processed.”

If you’re well versed in that sort of thing, this might be worth checking out. It’s one of the miscellaneous items that’s part of its Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction.

The current bid is $3 ($17 with buyer’s premium); as of this writing, the next bid level is $4 and $18. Internet bidding on this item ends at 5 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. The photo, with links to Heritage Auction bidding procedure, can be found at

Posted June 23, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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