Thomas A. Edison Centennial Commemorative Medal

Object Number: 
2000.100a
Date: 
1947
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: reverse, at lower center of field: "WHITEHEAD & HOAG"
Description: 
Brass struck medal with obverse depicting clothed bust of Edison facing right with legend below: "THOMAS A. EDISON." Reverse bears inscription upon lightning bolts in background: "THOMAS/ALVA/EDISON/CENTENNIAL/1847/1947"; inscription in exergue: "General Electric Co./Lamp/Department."
Gallery Label: 
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of the most famous and prolific inventors of all time. He exerted a tremendous influence on modern life, contributing inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, as well as improving the telegraph and telephone. During his life, he acquired 1,093 patents. As well as being an inventor, Edison was also a successfull manufacturer and businessman, marketing his inventions to the public.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Robert Engel
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Creative: Tronvig Group