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The Old World, the New World

1939 Edward McCartan Born: Albany, New York 1879 Died: New Rochelle, New York 1947 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.41 Not currently on view

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The blessings of peace and progress symbolized on the obverse of Edward McCartan’s medal contrast with the barbarism and violence depicted on the reverse. Research has not revealed the purpose of this medal, but McCartan’s theme appeared often in America’s machine-age culture, particularly at the New York World’s Fair of 1939, the year this medal was produced.


Allegory - civic

Allegory - place - America

Allegory - place - Europe

Allegory - quality - harmony

Figure group - female and child

Figure group - male and child

Landscape - building

State of being - emotion - fear

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze