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New York & Brooklyn: Two Cities as One

Object Name: Medal
Date: 1883
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Medium: Aluminum
Dimensions: Overall (Medal): 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Aluminum struck medal with obverse showing view of Brooklyn Bridge with buildings and marine vessels; legend above: "Two Cities As One"; inscription below: "NEW YORK/& BROOKLYN." Reverse bears inscription within open laurel wreath: "SOUVENIR/OF THE/OPENING/OF THE/EAST RIVER/BRIDGE/MAY 24TH/1883/1867 -- 1883." Hole punched at top.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Lucille de Luze Foley
Object Number: 1941.736
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Marks: Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "C.E. D."

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This medal commemorates the opening of the East River Bridge (or the Brooklyn Bridge) on May 24, 1883, the first bridge to link Long Island and Manhattan. The steel-suspension engineering marvel spanned 1,595 feet, long the greatest distance for a bridge in the world. Today there are six bridges along the East River.