The Boston Globe Centennial Medal1972
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Bronze with tan patina

The medal's obverse bears globe showing American continents with winged steed above. Around, THE BOSTON GLOBE CENTENNIAL MEDAL; to left and right, EBEN D. JORDAN / FOUNDER and CHARLES H. TAYLOR / BUILDER; below, 1872 - 1972 / © J. Coletti ~ Sc. ~

The medal's reverse shows stylized printing press with legend across, TO GIVE ME IN- / FORMA- TION / IS THY OFFICE.

The edge is marked with MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE

The Boston Globe was for a long time Boston's equivalent to the New York Times. It was founded in 1872 by Charles H. Taylor but quickly had to be rescued by Eben Jordan, owner of the Jordan Marsh department stores. It was privately held till 1973 when it went public as Affiliated Publications.

The medal probably marked the storied paper's zenith as a print publication. When the owning families took the company public, the focus shifted from the news-oriented Globe to a media conglomerate. The rise of the internet and recession of 1988 marked the beginning of the end for the Globe as an independent news source. The New York Times took it over in 1993 but never managed to capitalize on it. The Globe lives on, now owned by local Boston businessman John Henry.

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