Freedoms Foundation Medallion

Object Number: 
INV.10411
Date: 
1949-1950
Medium: 
Gilt copper; plastic
Dimensions: 
diameter: 3 7/8 in. ( 9.8 cm ) mount: 5 15/16 x 5 15/16 x 1 1/4 in. ( 15.1 x 15.1 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Gilt copper struck medal with obverse depicting kneeling half-length figure of Washington at prayer facing left, with trees in background; legend: "FREEDOMS FOUNDATION INC., VALLEY FORGE, PA."; inscription at lower center: "HONORING/Irving S. Olds." Reverse shows image of American eagle upper center, with inscription below: "FOR OUTSTANDING/ACHIEVEMENT IN/BRINGING ABOUT A/BETTER UNDERSTANDING/OF THE/AMERICAN/WAY OF LIFE"; all within border of thirteen stars.
Gallery Label: 
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Olds graduated from Yale and Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1910. He joined the New York law firm of White and Case in 1911, and was elected to the board of directors of United States Steel in 1936. He became chairman of the board four years later, and held that office until his death. Olds was a director of numerous and varied institutions, including the Cooper Union museum and The New-York Historical Society.
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Creative: Tronvig Group