Skip to comments.Old Photos of the Statue of Liberty Standing in Paris Were Extraordinarily Surreal
Posted on 06/21/2012 7:04:20 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Old photos of the Statue of Liberty standing in Paris were extraordinarily surreal
In science fiction filmdom, the destruction of the Statue of Liberty is merely a sign that the carnage is chugging along at a steady tack. But reality provides some equally strange views of Lady Liberty, particularly when she was under construction in Paris during the mid-1880s. Here are some curious photographs of this iconic Statue in various states of disarray.
The Statue of Liberty was supposed to be a centennial gift from France to the United States, but funding difficulties waylaid the project for almost a decade.
The head and torch were completed long before the base and the rest of the body these disembodied sculptures were put on display years prior, with the hand ending up at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Only after a decade of fundraising did construction accelerate. As the National Park Service explains:
Financing for the pedestal was completed in August 1885, and pedestal construction was finished in April of 1886.
The Statue was completed in France in July, 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June of 1885 on board the French frigate "Isere" which transported the Statue of Liberty from France to the United States. In transit, the Statue was reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates.
The Statue was re-assembled on her new pedestal in four months time. On October 28th 1886, the dedication of the Statue of Liberty took place in front of thousands of spectators.
Here are some photographs of the Statue looming over Paris. They evoke the spoils of some time-traveling despot who steals monuments throughout history. Or perhaps that never-was post-apocalyptic thriller, Planet of the Men with Mustaches.
[Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.] (1883)
[Men at work on the construction of the Statue of Liberty.] (1883)
Wow and God bless America and France.
What America used to inspire....
Wow... incredible! Thank you for this thread.
God, what happened to France? what an incredible gift by that country. I can’t imagine moving something like that in that day and age.
Don’t worry. Obamamugabe is trying to find a way to return it like he did the small statue of Churchill.
They have a small version of the statue in Paris on the Seine.
It’s a thin shell on that framework and was designed to be disassembled and moved to America.
Did we ever send them a nice Thank You Note?
Maybe that’s why they are always so snooty to us?
oh wait.. we did keep them all from having to learn to speak German
Yes I know.
God, what happened to America?
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Emma Lazarus, 1883
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1. Sing, O barren, you who did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who did not labor with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, says the Lord:
2. Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations; spare not, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes:
3. For you shall break forth on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess nations, and make desolate cities to be inhabited:
11. O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires:
12. And I will make your windows of rubies, and your gates of beryl, and all your borders of precious stones:
22. And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb:
23. And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, God has taken away my reproach:
24. And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son:
Bartholdi's early models were all similar in concept: a female figure in neoclassical style representing liberty, wearing a stola and pella (gown and cloak, common in depictions of Roman goddesses) and holding a torch aloft. The face was modeled after that of Charlotte Beysser Bartholdi, the sculptor's mother.
I have an old book somewhere with a photo of the feet.
I don’t like the statue of liberty. I liked it when immigrants weren’t the huddled masses. I liked it when you had to have some serious attitude and a good bit of money to get over here. That is when the strength and character of the American “race” were determined. Landless second sons, adventurers, and a bunch of religious rebels, not the tired and poor. Sure, a lot of good hard working people came over later, in steerage, but so did a lot of socialist ideas and culture. The only melting pot I approve of had finished simmering by the mid to late 1800’s.
I’d love to see France’s greatest practical joke fall into the sea, and that dang poem with it.
Please, come to America if you are able to pay your way, and want to succeed by out-working and out-thinking those who are already here.
If you want to come here for the free health care, free schools, and free everything, go get screwed.
Second what you said.
“Its a thin shell on that framework”
And one of the architects of the statue was Gustave Eiffel.
No, the model was not his mother. The model was a well-known English-French beauty, Eugenie Summers, who married the inventor of the sewing machine, Isaac Singer.
How do you say that in French?
Vous maniaques! Vous il soufflait, damn vous!
You beat me to it.
What happens to every nation that abandons God and loses it’s moral foundation. France has fallen a long way from Joan of Arc to secular socialism.
I had trouble finding any reference until I searched for info on Isaac Singer, which led me to wiki pages with
>>>Isaac, meanwhile, had renewed acquaintance with Isabella Eugenie Boyer, a Frenchwoman he had lived with in Paris when he was staying there in 1860. She left her husband, and married Isaac under the name of Isabella Eugenie Sommerville, on June 13, 1863, while she was pregnant. <<<
>>>The Duchess of Camposelice was still a striking lady when she met the sculptor Bartholdi. It is rumored she was his model for the Statue of Liberty.<<<
Well *if* that rumor is true, he sure didn't do her any favors!
Correction to my previous post: the model for the statue was named Isabella Eugenie Boyer Summers - here is information from the NY Times:
In fact, Bartholdi’s model was the beautiful Frenchwoman Isabelle Boyer, who was first married to the American industrialist Isaac Merritt Singer (of sewing machine fame), and later to the Duke of Campo Selice of Luxembourg. In 1878, the 36-year-old Duchess de Campo Selice attracted the attention of the sculptor who forever immortalized her features in the face of Lady Liberty.
In “The Food of Love” (London, 1978), a biography of Winnaretta, Isaac and Isabelle Singer’s daughter, Michael de Cossart notes that “when the Statue of Liberty was finally completed in 1886, it was scarcely realized that the massive sculpture dominating New York’s waterfront owed something for its inspiration to the wife of one of America’s famous sons.”
World War One happened, and an entire generation was snuffed out.
[Englishman Arthur S Mole and his American colleague John D Thomas took these incredible pictures of thousands of soldiers forming icons of American history. Arthur's great nephew Joseph Mole, 70, says: "In the picture of the Statue of Liberty there are 18,000 men: 12,000 of them in the torch alone, but just 17 at the base. The men at the top of the picture are actually half a mile away from the men at the bottom"]