Via Globe (September 24, 2012): Lucille Ball fan Wanda Gaither scored a cover chip on Globe with what her Hollywood find—a photo that is alleged to show the late Lucille Ball topless. Gaither claims that the photo was taken in the "Pike amusement area in Long Beach when Lucy first came to California from New York in he early '30s."
Why would Ball go topless? Gaither says she probably just did it to impress a boyfriend, not for money. The original Vanessa Hudgens!
So is it really Lucy? Definitely looks like her, but I will have to defer to the world's #1 Lucy fan, Michael Stern. Once he gets back to me, I'll post his thoughts. This could be a case of finding an old photo that resembles someone famous and concoting a claim, which is what happened to Betty White with all those nude photos that people still think are actually her (but aren't).