Friday, January 9, 2009

Our Liberty Bell



This reproduction of the Liberty Bell is one of 53 cast in France in 1950. It stands at the west entrance to the Capitol. Given to the government by seven metal companies, they served as the inspirational symbol of the U.S. savings bonds drive. After the bond drive was completed, the replicas were presented to each state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii (which were not yet states), Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The dimensions and tone are identical to original Liberty Bell when it rang out in 1776.

8 comments:

Hyde DP said...

o wow - fantastic photos of the bell.

Destitute Rebel said...

Amazing Photography, love the closeup will try to emulate it sometime.

Boise Diva said...

And, do they let you ring it?

Cindy Mulligan said...

I've never known that we had that bell. Wow... I really have to get out more! Great photos - as always!

mkhansen said...

I had never known this. Lovely photographs, both of them. I really like the way you captured the character of the wood and the metal in the top one.

Peter said...

Happy to read about the French contribution to this operation!

A Watchful Wanderer said...

GREAT PIC!!!! love the focus on the words!
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