Corporations: Architect of the Autonoplex

Whether he wants a canvas or a corporation, esthetic Nathan Cummings is happiest "doing a deal." At the moment, the 69-year-old chairman of Chicago's Consolidated Foods Corp. ought to be exuberant. His art collection, mostly impressionist and postimpressionist, embraces "100 very, very good paintings and 500 fun ones," and his display of pre-Columbian artifacts at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum is one of the world's finest. Corporately, Consolidated Foods last week agreed to acquire, for $3,400,000 in stock, Idaho Frozen Foods, Inc., a $5,000,000-a-year processor of frozen-potato products. This will be Consolidated's second...

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