lady liberty
This image above is from the Paris World’s Fair in 1878, and the one below is from the Centennial Fair of 1876. Reason #934 I was born in the wrong generation.

statue of liberty arm

Between 1876 and 1882, if you lived in New York, you could throw down 50 cents and climb atop Lady Liberty’s torch. I would have been doing this daily.

Her head and limb joined the rest of her in the 1880s, with a final ceremonial dedication October 28, 1886. She was once under the authority of the US Lighthouse Board (!!!), then the Department of War, and since 1933, the National Parks Service.

Thanks, France!


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