Though he was born in Eustis Florida, during a visit by his parents, he was very proud of his New England heritage, living in Springfield Massachusetts most of his life. In the later years of his life he vacationed in Florida.
He joined the advertising firm of Caulkins and Holden in 1912, where he remained for 44 years. He became Art Director and the last 7 years as President. While his given name was James Alfred Clarke, he admired a French artist by the name of Rene Vincent. His associates at C and H started calling him Rene, which he apparently liked, as he adopted it and
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