In this picture of Rudolf Serkin, a musician from Guilford, Vermont, there is only him, and a black background. The picture seems to be taken professionally. Rudolph is balding on top, but where he does have hair, it is white and grey. He is wearing glasses, and a nice, black suit. He has a white-collared shirt with a black tie under it. The back of his head fades to black, which is also another sign that this may be a professionally tailored picture.
Mr. Serkin was a world famous musician. He was born on March 28, 1903 in Eger, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Cheb, Czech Republic), and debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic when he was twelve, and began a concert career in Berlin, living with the German violinist Adolf Busch. They opposed Nazi Germany, and moved to Basel, Switzerland, and then to New York, where he began a long relationship with the New York Philharmonic, and to Guilford, Vermont, where he was instrumental in establishing the Marlboro School of Music in 1951. He died on May 8, 1991 in Guilford.
The Guilford Historical Society