• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

LENS: Liberty for Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into the Library Company of Philadelphia’s image collection for this super-cool stereograph of Lady Liberty's huge hand when it paid a visit to Philadelphia. 

Though construction on the Statue of Liberty wasn’t finished until 1886, visitors to Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876 could check out the right hand of Liberty, holding the torch which also had an observation deck. The arm of the yet-to-be-completed Lady Liberty was sent on tour to help drum up financial support for the statue’s construction, particularly its pedestal base in New York Harbor. After the exposition closed Lady Liberty’s colossal arm stood in New York’s Madison Square Park until 1882. 

May your long weekend be as fabulous as a trip to the torch deck.

    • Colossal hand and torch 'Liberty' | Philadelphia: Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. | Library Company of Philadelphia
      Colossal hand and torch 'Liberty' | Philadelphia: Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. | Library Company of Philadelphia

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Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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