Monday, March 15, 2010

An Awesome Patriotic Picture - Human Statue Of Liberty in 1918

During the WW I years, Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas made some incredible human pictures by using 18K (thousands) sailors or soldiers in uniform to create images. See Image Below:

This image matches one in the U.S. National Archives credited to photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas, captioned as follows: "18,000 Officers and Men at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. Colonel William Newman, Commanding. Colonel Rush S. Wells, Directing." The picture was taken in July 1918.

"Human Statue of Liberty" was one of a series of group photographs taken by Mole and Thomas during and immediately after World War I at U.S. military training camps. Each took up to a week to compose and shoot using an 11" x 14" view camera perched atop an 80-foot tower. According to photography historian Louis Kaplan, these so-called "living sculptures" served as "rallying points to support American involvement in the war and to ward off isolationist tendencies."

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

Note: You can see more fascinating, patriotic images shot by photographers Mole & Thomas HERE

Sources and further reading:
Human Statue of Liberty
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration

'Human Sculptures' Boosted Patriotism, Aided WWI Effort
San Antonio Express-News, 10 November 2007

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