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  • Harmony Creates Tranquility 1949
    by Leo Friedlander
    SOM-40.1
    Golden bronze with metallic reddish brown patina
    SOM-40.2
    Silver

    This medal was chosen as the 40th issue of the prestigious Society of Medalists series in 1949. The obverse bears maiden standing on rolling landscape with upswept tree and farm buildings. In lower right, HARMONY; at lower right edge, L F. / ©

    The reverse bears a farm family in foreground gazing towards house and steeple in background. Around left and right, CREATES - TRANQVILITY

    In his "Message from the Artist" Friedlander wrote:

    "On the one side of my medal is the singing maiden with a lyre, in a setting of natural fields, expressing 'Harmony'. On the reverse side: the contented workers in the field express harmony in cooperation with nature in the cultivation of the soil. The church and I believe and creates in man's mind and heart 'Tranquility'."

    This medal measures 73mm in diameter and was struck by the Medallic Art Company of New York. The reported production quantity of this medal is 797 in bronze and 50 in silver.

    SOM-40.1
    Bronze
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    Golden bronze with metallic reddish brown patina
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS FOURTIETH ISSUE 1949-LEO FRIEDLANDER, SCULPTOR
    MEDALLIC ART CO.N.Y. BRONZE
    SOM-40.2
    Silver
    73.0mm (2.87in)
    THE SOCIETY OF MEDALISTS FOURTIETH ISSUE 1949-LEO FRIEDLANDER, SCULPTOR
    SOM-40 Romance Brochure
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    New York Building Congress1961
    LF-NYBC
    Bronze

    This uniface medal's obverse shows man holding a hammer and trowel, woman holding a bible and tool box, in the background an urban construction scene. Above, NEW YORK BVILDING CONGRESS; around lower right, LEO FRIEDLANDER FECIT

    The edge is marked MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y BRONZE - FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY. 1921 - 1961

    In April 1921, 25 architects, engineers, contractors, and "labor men" met in the office of world-renowned architect Robert D. Kohn. These men were concerned that the building and construction industry was disorganized. They left that meeting with the goal of creating an organization of owners, bankers, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and labor representatives. Thus was born the New York Building Congress. The medal was commissioned to celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary in 1961.

    This medal measures 70mm in diameter and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York.

    References: MACo 1961-020

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American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David Thomason Alexander
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