Katie Jaeger writes:
I stumbled on this while searching the photo collections of the Museum of the City of New York. It is a photo of target shooting champion Gus Zimmerman's collection of medals and trophies, circa 1901. The zoom viewer allows you to examine each item a bit more closely. I count about 70 prize cups, a fabulous clock, a giant silver platter, some kind of rifle tripod thing, four laurel wreaths (one with a target in the center), probably 250+ medals, and just for fun, one Etruscan and one Amazon standing on ornate three-legged bases. Most of them appear to be made of precious metal.
Zowie! I think this would be a fun one to share in The E-Sylum.
Indeed - that's an impressive collection of medals, and a great display. I wonder what became of them? Is there a hoard of Gus Zimmerman shooting medals out there somewhere?
Kay Freeman adds:
The photo was taken March 1896 at Madison Square Garden. He had a display at the 2nd Sportsmen's Week Exposition. "medals ... are all neatly arranged in the shape of a huge star in a cabinet about 12 feet in height and nearly as broad." (NY Times, March 16, 1896)
A March 16, 1896 article says prominently displayed is a wreath won at the recent International Schuetzenfest. That wreath was donated by the New York Times and you can see in the center of the star of medals.
Katie Jaeger adds:
If you can't get there from the link below, just go to the Museum of the City of New York website, click on "Collections Portal," and enter the search term "medal."
To access the photo, see:
Gus Zimmerman's collection of medals and trophies, circa 1901
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