The Human Statue of Liberty composed of 18,000 men. Iowa, 1918


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The Human Statue of Liberty composed of 18,000 men. Iowa, 1918



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  1. I’d really love to see how that looked from directly above. Because of the perspective involved, I imagine that the torch would have to be *way* wider than the base.

  2. Was curious and looked into the meaning of this.. **It was intended to help promote the sale of war bonds but was never used.**

    >The design for the living picture was laid out at the drill ground at Camp Dodge, situated in the beautiful valley of the Des Moines River. Thousands of yards of white tape were fastened to the ground and formed the outlines on which 18,000 officers and men marched to their respective positions. In this body of soldiers are any hundreds of men of foreign birth — born of parents whose first impression of the Land of Freedom and Promise was of the world’s greatest colossus standing with beacon light at the portal of a nation of free people, holding aloft a torch symbolic of the light of liberty which the statue represents. Side by side with native sons these men, with unstinted patriotism, now offer to sacrifice not only their liberty but even life itself for our beloved country.
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    >The day on which the photograph was taken was extremely hot and the heat was intensified by the mass formation of men.

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