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Unseen Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty Before It Came To New York

If you believe the legend, then the statue of liberty came to sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi as a vision. He envisioned it to be sailing into New York Harbor in 1870. He had sketched out the idea and conveyed it to the powerful New Yorkers and influencers. The New Yorkers saw him as a dreamer, but the French recognized his vision as the perfect gift to the U.S. on its 100th birthday!

And so...

Unseen Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty Before It Came To New York

Unseen Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty Before It Came To New York

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1876 had started, but Lady Liberty was still in progress.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

Bartholdi sent her hand and torch.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

They were displayed at the Philadelphia Exposition.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

The job was finished in 1884.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

The U.S. had been preparing the pedestal.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

Then as TIME recounted back...

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

This was written in TIME in 1936.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

"Carefully taken apart, the Goddess of Liberty was packed in 214 enormous crates, consigned to the steam-and-sail gunboat Isère for shipment to the U. S. In charge of the shipment was a 19-year-old French lieutenant, Rodolphe Victor de Drambour. No hatches on the little ship were big enough for the enormous crates. He cut open the side of the ship, pushed the dissected goddess straight into the hold. Throughout a 72-hour storm with canvas cut to staysail & spanker, Lieutenant de Drambour stayed on the bridge of his ship, while the crates shifted wildly, threatened any instant to sink him. Two days after his 20th birthday he dropped anchor off Sandy Hook, welcomed by the New York World, the New York Yacht Club, the U. S. Fleet, and a spanking good dinner at the Hoffman House."

It has been more than a century and three decades.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

But, it has been 130 years since it was assembled.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

The history is as epic as the statue.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

At New York Harbor, 1939.

Rare Photos Of The Statue Of Liberty

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