Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Statue of Liberty

I really think this is a neat picture. It shows Frederic Bartholdi's workshop in Paris, as the Statue of Liberty is being assembled The picture was taken in 1882.

Good News! Due to the excellent quantity and quality of comments yesterday, Blog Management has decided to NOT issue a one day Old Picture Embargo. An Embargo is not under consideration at this time. However, visitors should realize that Blog Management reserves the right to issue a one day embargo should comments once again fall below minimally acceptable standards.


  1. Maybe you should write up some guidelines for comment submission? ;-)

    I look forward to your pic every day, and would be totally bummed out if there were to be an embargo.

  2. Over a hundred years after this photo, I was getting married on a boat that was anchored a few hundred feet from that very arm.

    1. This is the first time I have been on this site. Is awesome, will be here again. I am a Statue of Liberty nut and love seeing and reading about it whenever I come across it. This photo is one I had never seen. Thanks for sharing it. And I would have loved to have been married anchored out there just like the Geezer (which is what I call my husband, by the way you know a group of geezers is called a gaggle!!!)This Statue is a visable reminder of the liberties we have because of so many people before us struggled and died for what we so often take for granted.

  3. PJM Read you every day! Just don't post. Can't remember my login or password.
    Your photographs remind me of a time both different and the same. They make me think, and remind me I am lucky to have a job, and a roof over my head. Don't give up!


  4. wow this is incredible! I've always been fascinated with how the statue of liberty came together both literally and idea-wise. Thanks for this! Love your blog keep it up!

  5. Picture casts a rather surreal image, fed by the size ratio between men and the statue, the haziness (Is that dust in the air or washout from lighting?), and the overwhelming mess in the room. It's almost like something you would dream. Interesting.

  6. Life is sure different now days.
    Look at the mess and the trash and junk on the floor in the workshop.
    You would think that they would have a bunch of work comp claims. But that was in France over 100 years ago and I'm sure that there was no work comp back then.
    If you got hurt you either worked hurt or you went without a paycheck.

  7. I don't beleive I have ever seen a "C" clamp that big before.

  8. How is your snow doing?
    Has it all melted yet?
    Any more eggs?

  9. Is the arm the actual sculpture or a (plaster?) form used when bending and fitting the metal?

  10. When looking at the large statue (in the back on left)-there is a smaller version in the back on the right. I wonder where that one went. This may be a well known fact, I just am not up on my history. Maybe someday I will know as much as PJM or the "evil" Nate Maas.

  11. I think they smaller one is on display in Paris.

  12. You don't see any seams in the statue. I would almost guess that it is a plaster model that they fitted the sheets of copper against.

  13. JAckie, I think you mean on the right side of the photo

  14. I'm still here PJM, just been too busy to comment or participate in Saturday Mystery Person. Being an artist, I really enjoy the photos this week and I agree with Smart Girl, I'd like to see some Statue of Liberty under construction photos. I've painted and drawn her from different angles. My favorite is a photo taken I suppose from an airplane, with a view looking down on the top of her head and crown.

  15. Regarding comments:
    You should know by now...
    it's not the quantity rather the quality.

  16. "Blog Management has decided to NOT issue a one day Old Picture Embargo"

    Are we in the Thunderdome?

  17. Interesting photo which brings up the question in my mind, how did they ship this thing to NY? In pieces semi-assembled, totally unassembled with it all being put together in the harbor, obviously not totally assembled?????? Anyone know?

    Okay PJM - NO embargo. We all cannot live without our daily fix of OPOTD

  18. It’s amazing how huge the Statue of Liberty is when you see her up close. The museum in the pedestal has the original flame and tons of photos of the construction and reassembly when it arrived here

    Has anyone ever visited Liberty Island and climbed up into the crown? They just reopened the inside of the statue (and the crown) to visitors this past summer - climbing up into the crown was prohibited after 9/11. You could only go as far as the observation deck in the base.

    I have my own horror story about climbing up there. In the summer of 2000, my husband, daughter, and I went to see the statue; and we decided to climb up. Now I had visited Liberty Island with my parents when I was a kid (years and years ago), but we had never climbed up inside, so I had no idea what I was getting into.

    When you first go in, you’re inside the pedestal, which is a stone building. You climb up in a regular stairwell, which follows the outside wall of the building. You go up a half-flight of stairs, turn on a landing, and so on. When you get to the top of the pedestal, there’s a door to go out onto the observation deck. But if you want to climb up into the statue itself to the crown, you go up one more flight and go out the next door.

    Well . .. . when you go up that final flight of stairs, you come out inside the statue itself. And there are no walls or anything else around you . . . . .just the inside of that vast statue rising up to infinity with girders all around you. It looks just like that scene in “Ghostbusters II” when they spray the goo inside the statue and make it walk.

    But . . . .the most frightening thing of all is the stairway that you have to climb to get to the crown. It’s a FREE-STANDING spiral stairway, no bigger than a thread, winding up around a fireman’s pole in the MIDDLE of the statue. The higher up you go, the narrower and tighter it gets. There’s NOTHING AROUND IT except for a half partition, but it’s not enclosed. It’s the most frightening thing I’ve ever encountered. Google it in “Images” and you’ll see what I mean!!

    I’m afraid of heights and suffer from vertigo, so I immediately panicked and said “I can’t do this!!” I had thought that this was going to be a stairway in a stairwell, like the one in the pedestal, but it wasn’t. I knew I could never do this and that I’d faint and plunge to my death.

    But by now we were in this long line shuffling across a catwalk on the girders to the death spiral. So my husband kept prodding me along and hissing “stop it and keep going - it’s too late to turn back.” And I kept saying “I can’t, I can’t” and I was sweating and shaking and crying. I’ve never had an anxiety attack in my life, but I had one that day, I can assure you. I had a total meltdown.

    Then my daughter saw a park ranger in the corner, and she called him over and he took me down across the girders to a door in the corner where I went back down to the pedestal. And then I RAN down all of those stairs as if the devil himself was after me. I ran outside and couldn’t go back in. I’ll never try to climb the statue again, not even in the pedestal.

    When my husband and daughter finally came down (it seemed like hours later), they found me outside and still shaking. I couldn’t even breathe. They said it was really scary, especially when you got to the top where the staircase was very narrow. My husband said that people all around him were crying and saying stuff like “I can’t make it” and “I’m going to fall.” Both my husband and daughter like heights, so it was OK for them, but definitely NOT for me.

  19. I use your photos in my History classes. I just do not have time to post comments.

    No Embargos please!!!

  20. PJM I look at your photos everyday, but don't get to comment all the time. Thank you for not embargo, I enjoy all the comments and the photos!

  21. OK, I'm coming out out of the woodwork too. You've been my homepage for about 1 month, but I've never made a comment....'til today :) I love history and I'm a visual learner, so your blog is perfect. All the photos you display are great. I examine every inch of 'em.

    It's been years since I visited the Statue of Liberty. I must put this on my list of things to do, as I am only a few hours away in PA. What memories! As a little girl, my parents always arranged summer vacations that stopped at all historical sites, manufacturing plants (e.g. Hershey chocolate), etc. Great fun.

    RE: chickens...
    Well, I'm down one. A red tailed hawk had a tasty lunch last week on our farmette. Hmmm, such is life.

    Thanks so much for your efforts.



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