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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