B and O Railroad Centennial Celebration Medal

  • Hans Schuler, B and O Railroad Centennial Celebration Medal, 1927, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1927.5.1

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The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the first railway designed for commercial transport, was established in 1827 and construction began on the Fourth of July, 1828. Wires along the B & O route eventually carried Samuel F. B. Morse’s first telegraph message, “What Hath God Wrought?” from the Supreme Court room in the U.S. Capitol to the depot in Mt. Clare, Maryland. The reverse of Hans Schuler’s medal shows Peter Cooper’s famous “Tom Thumb” engine used in the B & O’s early years.

Title
B and O Railroad Centennial Celebration Medal
Artist
Founder
Date
1927
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – quality – fortitude
  • Allegory – arts and sciences – transportation
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure male – nude
  • Architecture – vehicle – train
Object Number
1927.5.1
Palette
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