Du Pont, Lammot, 1909-1964 (former owner), Acme Newspictures (New York, N.Y.) (photographer)
Text on verso: 'Black Narcissus, flying mascot of the 77th Pursuit Squadron, Barksdale Field, Shreveport, LA, is a four-month-old skunk. But not an orthodox skunk for Black Narcissus has visited a surgeon. The pet is shown with his owner, Lieut. Douglas T. Mitchell, troop commander of the temporary Army air base at Shushan Field, LA. Black Narcissus has 17 flying hours to his credit.'
The photograph is undated, but was probably taken around the year 1935, and is probably of Loewy’s first wife Jean Thompson Loewy (nee Bienfait). Jean and Raymond married in 1931, and she remained a key executive in Loewy’s many commercial enterprises even after their divorce in 1945. The home, located in the village of Rochefort-en-Yvelines in France, was a 16th‐century hunting lodge southwest of Paris, built by Henry IV for his mistress.