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60 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

A photo taken from the Statue of Liberty’s torch in 1930.

Source: Reddit

The Statue of Liberty is the greatest thing given to us by the French since French fries. The copper statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel. That's right, of Eiffel Tower fame. It was a gift from the people from France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. So who is that lady anyway? Well, the Statue of Liberty is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. Besides holding a torch high above her head, she also carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (July 4, 1776). Guess what happened on that day? It was  the date of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

 

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