1931 Print Melvin Alvah Traylor Portrait Baker Banker Lawyer Union Trust FZ1


This is an original 1931 color print portrait of Melvin Alvah Traylor. Traylor was an American banker and lawyer, and was the president of the First Union Trust and Savings Bank. The bank would become Chicago's largest in 1931 under his leadership.


This 80+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. Moderate aging in margins. No natural defects. Some light surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Color Print; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9.5 x 11.5 inches; 24 x 29 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Baker, Ernest Hamlin. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.

Ernest Hamlin Baker

Ernest Hamlin Baker (1889-1975) was born in Rhode Island. He was a self-taught illustrator and was famous for his painting of George Marshall. He attended Colgate College and was soon commissioned to create artwork for Fortune. He created eleven Fortune Magazine covers from 1929 to 1941, as well as several portraits, and over 300 covers for Time Magazine. During the Great Depression, he worked on several Public Works of Art (PWAP) projects. A mural painted during this time at the Wakefield, Rhode Island post office, now hangs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Keywords specific to this image: Citizens National Bank of Ballinger, Hillsboro, Texas, Ballinger First National Bank, American Bankers Association, Bank, Banking, Finance, Breeding, Kentucky

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