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Old Photos of the Statue of Liberty Standing in Paris Were Extraordinarily Surreal
IO9 ^ | June 21, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar

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

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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.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Reference; Society
KEYWORDS: ellisisland; engineering; france; ladyliberty; megaengineering; newyork; paris; statueofliberty; vintagephotographs
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[Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.] (1883)

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[Men at work on the construction of the Statue of Liberty.] (1883)

1 posted on 06/21/2012 7:04:30 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow and God bless America and France.


2 posted on 06/21/2012 7:09:02 PM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: DogByte6RER

What America used to inspire....


3 posted on 06/21/2012 7:12:51 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow... incredible! Thank you for this thread.


4 posted on 06/21/2012 7:14:34 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin: Anybody But Obama 2012)
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To: DogByte6RER

5 posted on 06/21/2012 7:17:58 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


6 posted on 06/21/2012 7:18:36 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


7 posted on 06/21/2012 7:19:42 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk

Don’t worry. Obamamugabe is trying to find a way to return it like he did the small statue of Churchill.


8 posted on 06/21/2012 7:27:55 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: DogByte6RER

They have a small version of the statue in Paris on the Seine.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=small+statue+of+liberty+in+paris&id=A42BD39BEF22ADA043C5466AA1AF34EDD683D4D5&FORM=IQFRBA


9 posted on 06/21/2012 7:32:52 PM PDT by Typelouder
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To: ClearCase_guy

10 posted on 06/21/2012 7:54:45 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc... not just pretty words...)
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To: plain talk

It’s a thin shell on that framework and was designed to be disassembled and moved to America.


11 posted on 06/21/2012 8:14:17 PM PDT by Styria
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To: DogByte6RER

Did we ever send them a nice Thank You Note?

Maybe that’s why they are always so snooty to us?

Flowers? Candy?

oh wait.. we did keep them all from having to learn to speak German

Twice


12 posted on 06/21/2012 8:20:09 PM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: Styria

Yes I know.


13 posted on 06/21/2012 8:21:03 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk
God, what happened to France?

God, what happened to America?

14 posted on 06/21/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jeremiah Jr; ladyL; Yehuda
This looks like a good rabbit hole.

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

Lazarus was the fourth of seven children of Moses Lazarus and Esther Nathan, Sephardic Jews[3] whose families, originally from Portugal, had been settled in New York since the colonial period.<<<

She is an important forerunner of the Zionist movement. She argued for the creation of a Jewish homeland thirteen years before Theodor Herzl began to use the term Zionism.<<<

Emma Lazarus

Interesting.

Isaiah 54

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:

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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:

Gen 30.

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.

Hmmm.

Statue of Liberty

15 posted on 06/21/2012 8:31:12 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I have an old book somewhere with a photo of the feet.


16 posted on 06/21/2012 8:47:11 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


17 posted on 06/21/2012 8:49:02 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

Second what you said.


18 posted on 06/21/2012 8:57:02 PM PDT by Pelham (Amnesty for Illegals, a bipartisan goal of the Stupid Party and the Evil Party)
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To: Styria

“It’s a thin shell on that framework”

And one of the architects of the statue was Gustave Eiffel.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 9:00:30 PM PDT by Pelham (Amnesty for Illegals, a bipartisan goal of the Stupid Party and the Evil Party)
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To: Ezekiel

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.


20 posted on 06/21/2012 9:30:01 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: DogByte6RER
This one makes me want to shout, "You maniacs! You blew it up, damn you!"

How do you say that in French?

Vous maniaques! Vous il soufflait, damn vous!


21 posted on 06/21/2012 9:46:50 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You beat me to it.


22 posted on 06/21/2012 9:47:23 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: plain talk

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.


23 posted on 06/21/2012 9:48:47 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: kabumpo
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.

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. <<<

And

>>>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!

24 posted on 06/21/2012 10:03:25 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Ezekiel

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.”


25 posted on 06/21/2012 10:05:19 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: plain talk

World War One happened, and an entire generation was snuffed out.


26 posted on 06/21/2012 10:05:45 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: DogByte6RER

Ping!


27 posted on 06/21/2012 10:11:37 PM PDT by steel_resolve (Ships With Holes Will Sink And I Will Swim)
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To: DogByte6RER
I hope every FReeper young and old, will make the trip to visit Ellis Island...the restorations are something to be very proud of.


[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"]

28 posted on 06/22/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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