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101562 | UNITED STATES. Adolph Zukor/Paramount Pictures bronze Medal.

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    101562  |  UNITED STATES. Adolph Zukor/Paramount Pictures bronze Medal. Issued 1926 for the 15th anniversary of the motion picture company (38mm, 22.20 g, 12h). By J. Kilenyi for Whitehead-Hoag.


    "Paramount Pictures" in script, bust left, with 15 stars around; in two lines in script below, "Adolph Zukor / President" / FAMOUS PLAYERS – LASKY CORPORATION / • FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY •, corner view of skyscraper; Publix logo to upper left, Paramount logo to upper right. Edge: WHITEHEAD–HOAG.


    HK 738 (R-6). Choice Mint State. Glossy brown surfaces. Rare and a highly interesting piece of cinematic medallic art.


    A Hungarian-American film producer, Adolph Zukor is best known as one of the founders of Paramount Pictures. Following Zukor's establishment of the Famous Players Film Company and later merger with Jesse Lasky's company, the Famous Players-Lasky company was formed, with it too shortly thereafter rolled into Zukor's growing film empire—the distribution giant that was, and still is, Paramount Pictures. The Great Depression (just after this medal was made) hit the company hard, and it was only careful reorganization by Zukor that brought it out of bankruptcy. He eventually retired from Paramount in 1959, but continued to serve as Chairman Emeritus until his death in Los Angeles in 1976 at the age of 103.


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