More Super Cool Patriotic Shots

I couldn’t resist sharing the above photo sent in by a reader:

“From 1918, a gathering of 18,000 men in a human Statue of Liberty at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa.”

And the photo below from PoPville flickr user HeatherMG titled, “Patriotic Petworthians” also blew me away.

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  • During World War I soldiers from across the world made those photos and then the idea faded from memory. I knew a guy who had dozens and dozens of them- Washington’s profile, Lincoln’s, US Capitol Building, etc.

  • It is important to note that in the human Statue of Liberty above there are twice as many men in the flame of the torch as in the rest of the resulting figure as spatial depth and the perspective of the camera are carefully aligned in design to produce this final shot from 1918.

    Neener is right; there were many dozens of these gatherings and photographs produced and the idea faded.

    For those interested, here’s more about the old Chicago Photography Studio of Mole and Thomas and more of their patriotic live figure gatherings like Liberty Bell, Eagle, Flags, Naval Anchors, etc. which were all done to help raise funds for the Great War (World War I) effort:

    Sadly, the human Statue of Liberty above was never used.


    Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
    Right Arm: 340 feet
    Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
    Right thumb: 35 feet
    Thickest part of body: 29 feet
    Left hand length: 30 feet
    Face: 60 feet
    Nose: 21 feet
    Longest spike of head piece: 70 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 body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000

    Total men: 18,000

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