David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Human Statue of Liberty 1918

A copy and keeper.. God bless them all. I find it amazing that this photo, taken so many years ago, actually still exists! And now, someone has put it online for all of us to see. This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918.

It is 18,000 officers and servicemen preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge,Des Moines in Iowa. Yes, EIGHTEEN THOUSAND MEN!!!!! Standing tall!!!!

Col. Wm. Newman, Commanding. Col. Rush S. Wells, Directing.

What a priceless gift from the past!

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

Many thanks to my cousin Elfrieda in Florida for sending me a copy of this remarkable photograph. Click on the picture for a close up zoom to appreciate the organisational artistry and skill behind this monumental task.

1 comment:

Annette said...

Wow, that is amazing.
I did click on the photo because I couldn't believe what I was seeing,18,000 men all lined up like that.