Circa .. .. Very good. - Black-and-white portrait, approximately 5 inches high by 3 inches wide, clipped from a newspaper or magazine and mounted on a piece of cream paper 7-1/2 inches high by 3-5/8 inches wide. Inscribed and signed on the mount below the portrait: "To Seymour Halpern / with good wishes / Norman Foerster". The top edge of the mount is lightly soiled & its bottom corners are lightly creased with the imprint of a paper clip at bottom left. Very good.
Foerster is portrayed at head-and-shoulders length with a high balding forehead and heavy black-framed glasses.
After acquiring numerous degrees Norman Foerster [1887-1972] taught English at Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa, Duke and other universities. At the University of Iowa he was director of the School of Letters from 1930 to 1944, but resigned in a dispute over curriculum revision. Foerster was also prominent in the New Humanist movement of the early twentieth century which focused on the overcoming of pain, suffering and violence at the personal, interpersonal and social levels.
The Queens, New York Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern (1913-1997) started his political career as a campaign aide to New York's powerful mayor Fiorella La Guardia and first served in New York's State Senate for 14 years before seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress. In Albany Halpern sponsored 279 bills that became law, including measures on schools, housing, civil rights, nutrition and mental health. A Liberal, he was something of an anomaly as the lone Republican representative from New York City, and generally garnered support from Labor Unions and endorsement from the Liberal Party. Yet he never even considered switching parties as he considered membership in the Republican Party a family tradition and commitment. While he found ample time for his private pursuits, including painting and collecting autographs, he took his legislative duties very seriously. Of these, he was proudest of his co-sponsorship of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and of the original 1965 Medicare legislation.