New York, 42nd Street, March 31, 1942. Black and white image, 2.25 x 2 inches in the slightly larger pressed metal frame, printed verso partially completed in scratches and in ink. Some light scratching and wear; in very good condition. Item #17107
Inscribed on the verso with the subject's name, dated 3/31/42, 42nd St--a fine patrician portrait of Henry Allard in shirt, tie, and overcoat--in a decidedly down-market setting. Henry Ford Allard (1923-1976) was born in Providence, R.I., prepped at Phillips Exeter; per the 1946 Harvard Album, he entered Harvard in June, 1942 and was Harvard Class of 1946. (He served in the Army in WWII and received his degree in 1948.) He had a twin brother named Herbert Karl Allard, Jr. The Harvard Album gives the brothers' home address as 530 Park Avenue, New York. That one twin brother at birth should have been so consecrated to the greatness of an American industrialist while the other was named for his father seems strangely evocative of a cult of American success.