17 Jun: The Arrival of Lady Liberty
Still the tallest statue in the USA, the Statue of Liberty arrived from France – in no less than 214 crates – in New York City on 17th June, 1885.
Costing just $10m in today’s money, the Lady went on to symbolise the immigrant journey – even though the designers and engineers behind it had no such intention. And it wasn’t supposed to be green, either – that’s because it’s oxidized.
In this episode, Olly, Rebecca and Arion consider whether NYC bagged themselves a bargain, reveal the origins of the ‘ticker tape parade’, and wonder if they could ever do something so epic for their Mums…
• The Statue of Liberty: Building an Icon (The B1M, 2017):
• History on ‘How The Statue of Liberty Became An Icon’:
• Reuters fact-check: why Lady Liberty is NOT an enslaved black woman (2020):
We had EVEN MORE to say about Lady Liberty’s arrival in the USA. To hear bonus material this and every week*, support the show NOW at Patreon.com/Retrospectors!(*top two tiers only)
The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.
Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.
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