Tuesday, April 15, 2008

~ Living Statue of Liberty ~

I received an interesting e-mail a few days ago...and when you realize how this photo is made, it's mind boggling:

WWI Camp Dodge - Living Statue of Liberty
"On a stifling July day in 1918, 18,000 officers and soldiers posed as Lady Liberty on the parade grounds at Camp Dodge. According to a July 3, 1986, story in the Fort Dodge Messenger, many men fainted-they were dressed in woolen uniforms-as the temperature neared 105 degrees. The photo, taken from the top of a specially constructed tower by a Chicago photography studio, Mole & Thomas. The photo was intended to help promote the sale of war bonds but was never used." (Grover 1987) There are twice as many men in the flame of the torch as in the rest of the design.

25,000 Officers and men at Camp Dix in New Jersey.

9,000 Marines at U.S. Marines, Paris Island, South Carolina.


Christina said...

That is realy cool!

Needled Mom said...

OMG!!! I have that Lady Liberty photo. It was in a box of photos from my grandparent's home. It has always fascinated me and it was so much fun reading your blog about it. I did not realize that there were other photos as well. Thanks for sharing.

Needled Mom said...

Suzy, I looked up a little more on these photos and you can check them out at: http://www.hammergallery.com/images/peoplepictures/people%20pictures.htm

It's very interesting. Thanks for sparking my interest to research it further.

Myrna said...

That's amazing!

Michelle said...

Those are so amazing!! Thanks for sharing them!!

Joy said...

What awesome images!