Harry Waterson submitted this response to
Steve Bishop's query about engraved Charles Lindbergh Medals. Thanks.
This may not be exactly on point but there is a Lindbergh medallion by Julio Kilenyi with a remarkable engraving.
2000 bronze medallions were struck and 300 were given out at the Lindbergh Reception Dinner in St. Louis June 18, 1927.
This turned up in a Presidential Coin and Antique Auction Catalog #58 - Lot 482. 7/29/1995 It is engraved. TO / MAJOR EDWARD BOWES / FROM ST. LOUIS / THE HONOR CITY / OCTOBER 22, 1936.
Joe Levine noted in his lot description, "Major Bowes was a well-known radio personality who conducted a popular Amateur Hour program. Obviously the St. Louis officials had a number of these Lindbergh banquet medals remaining and issued them to VIP visitors"
Joe Levine did not illustrate either lot. The medallion looks like this:
From a story in the St. Louis Globe Democrat of 10/18/1936 I was able to deduce that during Major Bowes' live broadcast of his Amateur Hour on 10/22/1936 between 8 and 9 PM on CBS Major Bowes would turn a key live 'on air' in New York that would open the front doors of the new KMOX studios in St. Louis.
I believe the Lindbergh Medallion engraved to Major Bowes and dated with the opening of the new studio was sent to Bowes to commemorate that event. Definitely a "second use" of the Lindbergh medallion.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 : Query: Engraved Charles Lindbergh Medals
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