"I've packed, un-packed and lugged her around for years."
...said my SisterInLaw Sharon.
Yep, Sharon, collects Americana and her FourFoot Statue of Liberty is certainly the Star of her Collection!
Now, we all learned about the Statue of Liberty as part of our American History lessons in school.
HERE you can read the Basic Facts.
But Noooooo! It seems I'm always Diggin'Deeper and sometimes finding out more than a person with any sense needs to know.
Like all the uses for CowPoo. You can enjoy that Boot Liftin' experience HERE
But guess what?
I'm not Alone In The Quest for Off The Wall Knowledge!
And Thanks to Google and the WWW, finding answers is eaiser than ever.
If you are ready...I'll now share my Q&A List about The Statue of Liberty...
#1...How many yards of fabric would it take to make the Roman Style garment that Lady Liberty wears?
The Statue is about 35 feet in diameter at the waist, 111 feet tall, with a 17' long head, about 90 feet to the shoulders. Very roughly, then 1200 square yards of surface area, but the way she's wrapped, two layers, and to allow for some trim, her garment consists of about 4000 square yards of cloth.
The first model for the Statue was the sculptor's mother, Mme. Batholdi. Becaue of her age, she found it difficult to sit for the extended periods needed for the model. Madame Bartholdi from Statue of Liberty History by The American Park Network
One rumor offers that she tired quickly during the modeling, so Bartholdi used his mistress, a younger, more durable subject for the final modeling. He eventually married this second model, Jeanne-Emilie Baheux de Puysieux, whom he met in Newport, Rhode Island in 1871 during his first visit to the United States.
...of course...only a Mother would endure that for her child or a woman holding up for a Weddin'Ring!
#3...What was LadyLiberty's Original Hair Color?
As it was assembled, the statue was a dark brown, almost black color. The copper color had weathered to dark as it was built in Paris. It took about 20 years for the black color to turn to the color of copper patina, the green color you see today.
Thanks to my SIL Sharon for Collectin' Americana...I now know I have a few more years before my Brown to Gray Hair will turn Green!
PS...I'm done....for now!