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A Gift from France to the United States Rose Above New York Harbor in 1886

Photographs of the Building of the Statue of Liberty

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The history of the Statue of Liberty began two decades before the enormous sculpture would rise above New York harbor. The idea of a gift from France to the United States, a statue celebrating the concept of liberty, was originally conceived by a Parisian writer.

A determined sculptor, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, was inspired to take up the cause and he designed the statue of a woman holding a torch. Bartholdi traveled to America, selected the perfect site for the statue, and then spent years toiling to make his concept become a reality.

These vintage photographs and illustrations tell the story of the construction of the Statue of Liberty.

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Frederic-Auguste BartholdiFrench Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi Designed the Statue of LibertyBedloe's IslandBartholdi Chose an Island in New York Harbor for his Great StatueTorch of the Statue of LibertyThe Hand and Torch of the Statue of Liberty on DisplayThe Head of the Statue of LibertyThe Head of the Statue of Liberty was Displayed in 1878
Library of CongressThe Statue was Built in Bartholdi's Paris WorkshopStatue of Liberty in ParisThe Statue's Steel Structure Was Designed by EiffelStatue of Liberty in ParisThe Statue of Liberty Was Fully Assembled in Paris1884 CartoonCartoon Mocking the Delay in Building the Statue's Base
Pedestal of the Statue of LibertyFunds Were Raised, and the Statue's Pedestal Was BuiltStatue of Liberty by Currier and IvesPrintmakers Did a Brisk Business in Depictions of the Statue of LibertyAssembly of the Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty Was Finally Assembled in 1886Statue of Liberty unveiling ceremonyA Colossal Celebration Marked the Statue of Liberty's Unveiling
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