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…

Further Reading:

• 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): 


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The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.

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