I’ve just been sent a very interesting picture of The Statue of Liberty.
Apparently, this is a human form of The Statue of Liberty, created by 1,800 soldiers, all dressed in army uniform.
The picture was taken in 1918 as part of a marketing campaign for World War I war bonds, as explained by the Iowa National Guard –
“On a stifling July day in 1918, 18,000 officers and soldiers posed as Lady Liberty on the parade [drill] grounds at Camp Dodge.” [This area was west of Baker St. and is currently the area around building S34 and to the west.] “According to a July 3, 1986, story in the Fort Dodge Messenger, many men fainted-they were dressed in woolen uniforms-as the temperature neared 105 degrees Farenheit. The photo, taken from the top of a specially constructed tower by a Chicago photography studio, Mole & Thomas, was intended to help promote the sale of war bonds but was never used.” (Grover 1987)
Their site is well worth checking out as it has more such ‘human pictures’ displayed on it.