A Propaganda Victory: The Lusitania Medallion

The market for commemorative collectables was a large one during World War One, with many manufacturers and artists producing patriotic items for mass market sale. Among these were commemorative medallions for events during the war. The French produced a wide range of souvenirs marking their victory at Verdun, and post-war, most of the Allies manufactured medallions to mark the victory. One of the more bizarre footnotes in the field of commemorative medallions is the Lusitania Medallion, released in 1915.  Continue reading “A Propaganda Victory: The Lusitania Medallion”

“Suitable Memorials”: The War Sculptures of Frances Loring

Frances Loring, [no date]. Image courtesy Exhibition Place, Toronto.
Frances Loring, [no date]. Image courtesy Exhibition Place, Toronto.
While doing research for another project on the war memorial in St Stephen, New Brunswick, I stumbled across the name of the artist who sculpted the bronze statuette that topped the monument; Frances Loring. Intrigued, I started to look further into this mysterious person, and stumbled upon one of the pre-eminent Canadian sculptors of the early 20th century.  Continue reading ““Suitable Memorials”: The War Sculptures of Frances Loring”