This is a beautifully detailed old medal commemorating two events that took place in 1913. The top portion has a pin back and on the front it reads; Idaho 1863 Boise – Idaho Pioneers. There is a depiction of the State Capitol building, a horse drawn wagon and a pick and shovel in a gold pan, all beautiful representations of Idaho’s history. A short piece of ribbon, yellow, white and purple, attached to the back of that pin and hanging from the bottom of the ribbon is a medallion. The outer edge of the medallion looks like laurel leaves and it reads; Semi-Centennial – Rainmaker’s Carnival. In the center is a watering can which reads; Boise Sept. 22-27 1913. Since Idaho became a Territory in 1863 this carnival was also a Semi Centennial celebration which was apparently a big event. One old newspaper ad for the Rainmaker’s Carnival said there was an “Industrial parade typifying the industrial advancement of the city. A mammoth exposition of progress. Carnival, confetti, band concerts and free attractions”. An article in the November 1913 School Journal, a national publication, stated that there was a pageant parade of the school children featuring Mother Goose, Cinderella, Old King Cole, Little Miss Muffet and the Pied Piper.
The metal pieces have a yellow gold or brass color to them but it could be plating over bronze. The back of both pieces reads; The Whitehead & Hoag Co. Newark, N.J.. The piece also comes with the original card from the advertising company although it is stained, soiled and torn.
The pin measures about 1 ¾” wide by almost the same length. The medallion measures about 1 5/8” wide by 1 ¾” in length. Overall it hangs about 4” long. It is in very good condition with minimal wear to the medal and no damage. The ribbon is soiled.
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