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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
General Motors 25th anniversary medal
1933
Silver plate, struck off by the Medalic Art Company

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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
General Motors 25th anniversary medal
1933
Silver plate, struck off by the Medalic Art Company

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 262, General Motors Jubilee Medal, 1933-1956

Summary: The General Motors Corporation's publicity caption for this medal, designed to commemorate the silver anniversary of the firm and to be used as an award for achievements in the field of motor transportation, describes it as follows:

"The face of the medal shows a speeding automotive body behind which a wing rises perpendicularly. Since the medal is to be used as an award in future years and the car of the future is merely a guess this car is an abstract streamline form without doors or windows. The conventionalized wing symbolizes General Motors interest in air transportation. The wing being static; the car, by contrast, seems to move more swiftly ... The reverse of the medal shows a combustion chamber ... since it is the heart of the motor. It too has been conventionalized.”

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Box/Location Folder Description
flat box 2 262.1 Medals - 5 @ 3 inches in diameter.
flat box 4 262.2 Medals - 2 @ 5 inches in diameter, mounted on a board covered in black cloth as if for presentation.
flat box 4a 262.3 Medals - 4 @ 3 inches in diameter, with original packaging including brochures.
box 13 262.1 Photograph Record Copy Book captions, photograph record sheets, labels 1933.
photo box 5 262.1-2 15 Record Copy photographs (some with labels).
negative box 42 262.1 4 Negatives. [nitrate]
box 13 262.2 Publicity --- Letter rec. 1940; clippings 1933-1934; card w/note 1956.
oversize box 7 262.1 Publicity --- Clipping 1933.

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