Thursday, September 24, 2009

Army Statue of Liberty

This was sent to me by my blogging friend, Mary, over at No Polar Coordinates.

This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918. It’s amazing that this photo, taken so many years ago, still exists! And now someone has put it online for all of us to see.

What a priceless gift from our grandfathers...

(Click on it to Bigger Size)

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 many 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 life itself for our beloved country.

The day on which the photograph was taken was extremely hot and the heat was intensified by the mass formation of men. The dimensions of the platting for the picture seem astonishing. The camera was placed on a high tower. From the position nearest the camera occupied by Colonel Newman and his staff, to the last man at the top of the torch as platted on the ground was 1,235 feet, or approximately a quarter of a mile. The appended figures will give an adequate idea of the distorted proportions of the actual ground measurements for this photograph:

Base to shoulder: 150 feet.
Right arm: 340 feet.
Widest part of the arm holding the torch: 12-1/2 feet.
Right thumb: 35 feet.
Thickest part of body: 29 feet.
Left hand (length): 30 feet.
Tablet in left hand: 27 feet.
Face: 60 feet.
Nose: 21 feet.
Longest spike of the head piece: 70 feet.
Flame on torch: 600 feet.
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet.
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000.
Number of men in torch: 2,800.
Number of men in right arm: 1,200.
Number of men in the body, head and balance of the figure only: 2,000.

Total: 18,000.

Incredible as it may seem there is twice the number of men in the torch as in the whole remaining design, while there are eight times as many men in the arm, torch and flame as in all the rest of the figure. It will be noted that the right thumb is five feet longer than the left hand, while the right arm, torch and flame is eight times the length of the body.

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The Peach Tart said...

This is amazing. I'd never even heard of it.

Secretia Teller said...

wow, 18000 soldiers, that is impressive!

Red said...

This is by far the coolest thing I have seen in a long time!

Coffeypot said...

On a smaller scale, that would look good on the flightdeck of a carrier.

Fantastagirl said...

Our historical society has a copy of this print - it's amazing to look at in person.

Coffeypot said...

F-girl, I bet it is. I would love to see it.

Kanani said...

Wow. Incredible.

Pamela said...

I loved this post.

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