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Commemorating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of General Motors, 1908-1933 Medal

This is a Medal. It was designed by Norman Bel Geddes. Its medium is silver-plated brass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

At the 1933 Chicago world’s fair, General Motors championed the automotive industry’s strength and advancement by setting up an actual assembly line in GM’s Hall of Progress pavilion. Designed by Norman Bel Geddes, this medal commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the company was available at the fair.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II.

  • Medal
  • iron.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Henry Frederick William Rave.
  • 1955-128-2

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Book, Futurama, 1939
  • offset lithograph on paper.
  • Smithsonian Libraries, T785 K1G32 1939.
  • 113.2018.2

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Commemorating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of General Motors, 1908-1933 Medal; Designed by Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893–1958); silver-plated brass; 2018-22-27

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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