Ford Motor Company 50th Anniversary Medallion, 1953

Summary

The Ford Motor Company commissioned a medallion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the company's founding. The medallion, based on artwork created by Norman Rockwell, depicts profiles of the company's three leaders from 1903 to 1953: Henry Ford, the company's founder; Edsel, Henry's son and company president from 1919-1943; and Henry Ford II, Henry's grandson who led the company into the next fifty years.

The Ford Motor Company commissioned a medallion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the company's founding. The medallion, based on artwork created by Norman Rockwell, depicts profiles of the company's three leaders from 1903 to 1953: Henry Ford, the company's founder; Edsel, Henry's son and company president from 1919-1943; and Henry Ford II, Henry's grandson who led the company into the next fifty years.

Artifact

Medallion (Medal)

Date Made

1953

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

De Francisci, Anthony 

Medallic Art Company 

Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978 

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Creator Notes

Ford Motor Company commissioned the medallion. Anthony de Francisci is the sculptor of the bas-relief and manufactured by the Medallic Art Company.The medallion's design is based on Norman Rockwell's portrait of Henry Ford, Edsel Ford and Henry Ford II.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

64.167.241.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Bronze (Metal)
Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Color

Bronze (Color)

Dimensions

Height: .188 in  (Medallion)

Diameter: 3 in  (Medallion)

Height: .563 in  (Box)

Width: 3.25 in  (Box)

Length: 3.188 in  (Box)

Inscriptions

on front of medallion: HENRY FORD ~ EDSEL FORD ~ HENRY FORD II / After Norman Rockwell / A de Fsc / (C) FMC on back of medallion: 50 YEARS FORWARD ON THE AMERICAN ROAD / 1903-1953 / FORD MOTOR COMPANY on edge of medallion: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE on inside lid of box: MEDALLIC ART CO. / NEW YORK

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