Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.11 at 15:20
Current mood: surprised
At first glance, you might think that’s a charming portrait of Carole Lombard in the early to mid-1930s…but you’d be wrong. Heck, when this was taken, she wasn’t known as Carole Lombard, but Carol. It’s from 1929, while she worked at Pathe.
I thought this may have been taken by William E. Thomas, Pathe’s primary photographer, but a check of my online files revealed the man who shot this was Kenneth Alexander:
The date on the back is October 22, 1929, which may have been the day it was received at the Photoplay library, but I’m guessing Alexander took pics of Lombard late in her Pathe tenure, and perhaps the changes in fashion and hairstyle make her look more ’30s and less ’20s than in the Thomas photos. Here’s another one of Alexander’s:
This reprint glossy at the top may be bought for $9.97, or you can make an offer. Find out more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1929-GLAMOUR-PORTRAIT-COLLECTIBLE-PHOTOGRAPH-8-x-10-inch/151739666499?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D29979%26meid%3D2f3b567b2fc048fd96c71a0c74537db8%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D361339784956.
The seller also has this image, which from Carole’s nail polish and blondish hair appears to be from 1932 or ’33:
The same sale conditions as above apply to this 8″ x 10″. If interested, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1930s-ART-DECO-GLAMOUR-COLLECTIBLE-PHOTOGRAPH-8-X-10-inch/151739666528?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D29979%26meid%3D8626248f0ab5434ca06da3c42d889496%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D151739666499.