Elbert H. Gary, United States Steel Corporation Service Medal (reverse)
1926 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 1 1/4 in. (3.1 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.29 Not currently on view
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This uniface medal sample is one of several Anthony de Francisci created to honor Elbert Gary (1846-1927), who founded the United States Steel Corporation in 1901, and after whom the city of Gary, Indiana, is named. The sample represents the reverse of the true medal and depicts two laborers kneeling before a goddess of abundance, who symbolizes the natural world from which our resources come. The dedication indicates that the medal was intended to reward an employee whose name would be inscribed in the blank area at the bottom.
Allegory - quality - wealth
Occupation - industry - construction
sculpture - medal
metal - bronze