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More Material from National Archives

posted Mar 19, 2015, 12:39 PM by Felix Schlag

A trip to the National Archives, Washington, D.C. yielded more than 80 pages of material pertaining to the Jefferson nickel competition.  The documents were part of record group 66, Records of the Commission of Fine Arts. The material has been digitized and organized into a single PDF document that is available upon request.  A summary document is available for viewing to give an idea of the scope of the content.

National Archives Material on Jefferson Nickel

posted Jan 13, 2015, 4:32 PM by Felix Schlag   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 12:41 PM ]

A trip to the National Archives yielded more than 470 pages of material pertaining to the Jefferson nickel contest and the coin in general.  The documents were part of record group 104, Records of the U. S. Mint. The material was digitized and organized into a single PDF document that is available upon request.  A summary document is available for viewing on the Jefferson Nickel Competition page of this site.

Betsy Ross Coin Medal Obtained

posted Jan 13, 2015, 4:27 PM by Felix Schlag

After a lengthy search, a Betsy Ross coin medal that Schlag was commissioned to sculpt for the Societe Commemorative de Femmes Celebres was finally located.  A nice little Christmas present for this collector of Schlag items.

O.T. Thompson Collection

posted Mar 30, 2014, 8:30 AM by Felix Schlag

Thank you to O.T. Thompson of the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club (http://www.lcfcc.org) for sharing with me his collection of papers pertaining to Felix Schlag.  There was a wealth of information in this assemblage ranging from rare newspaper and magazine articles to original correspondence between Felix and the U.S. Mint and also between Ethel Schlag and a collector.  I hope to extract the nuggets from this treasure trove and bring them to the site soon.

Employment as an 'auto stylist' with General Motors

posted Mar 8, 2014, 3:55 AM by Felix Schlag

Several biographies, including the one on the U.S. Mint's website (#88), and newspaper articles suggest that for a brief period Felix Schlag worked for General Motors (GM) in Detroit as an "auto-stylist."  This week, the nail was officially driven into the coffin in regards to confirming said employment directly with GM.  Our third plea for assistance was addressed to CEO Mary Barra, and requested a special exception be granted to the corporate policy prohibiting release of employment data to unauthorized third parties.  Unfortunately, we received a third denial letter. 

While GM should be applauded for their timely response to these requests, it truly is regrettable that they are not interested in embracing the role they may have played in American numismatic history.  Maybe we would have had better luck if Schlag had worked for Ford.  

Potter and his burro

posted Mar 8, 2014, 3:39 AM by Felix Schlag

Thank you to Elizabeth Leslie, owner of Liz Leslie Photos (http://lizlesliephotos.com), for providing me with photographs of Schlag's work in the White Hall, Illinois Post Office.

Betsy Ross Coin Medal by Felix Schlag

posted Feb 6, 2014, 1:20 PM by Felix Schlag

Many thanks to Barry with www.kencor.com for providing me with images of the Betsy Ross coin medal that Schlag was commissioned to sculpt for the Societe Commemorative de Femmes Celebres.  This rounds out the collection of the coins that were designed by Felix.

Thank you Metascriptum.de

posted Jan 6, 2014, 5:22 PM by Felix Schlag

Thank you to Emmy (anfrage@metascriptum.de) with Metascriptum <http://www.metascriptum.de> for her assistance in transcribing the Bavarian Personnel Records for Felix Schlag.

Bloom Township Sculptures by Schlag

posted Dec 17, 2013, 1:11 PM by Felix Schlag   [ updated Jan 6, 2014, 5:17 PM ]

Thank you to Andrew Schmitt, with Bloom Township in Chicago, IL for taking some photos of the Schlag sculptures that flank the entrance of Bloom High School.  Schlag delivered these in 1936 as one of several New Deal art projects he participated in.

Thank you Suetterlin Service!

posted Dec 17, 2013, 12:56 PM by Felix Schlag   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 1:00 PM ]

Thank you to Margarete Ritzkowsky (info@suetterlin-Service.de) with Suetterlin Service <http://www.suetterlin-service.de> for her assistance in transcribing the Bavarian Personnel Record for Felix Schlag.  Without her help, deciphering the Suetterlin script would have been nearly impossible.

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