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Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

This is an amazing image of the bust of Lady Liberty being displayed at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris, France.

The Statue of Liberty was manufactured in France, and given to the United States as a gift from the people of France.

In 1878, as the statue was still being constructed (in pieces, so as to make it easier to ship it across the Atlantic Ocean), it was displayed in Paris to show the people her grandeur.

Eventually, the bust was sent to New York, where she was displayed similarly and the people of New York, could take a close up view of Lady Liberty in anticipation of her future countenance.

While she was awaiting the rest of her body, New Yorkers were able to take a little visit inside, climbing her internal staircase to the observation windows in her crown for a small fee, used to offset the enormous costs of installing her on Bedloe Island.

The second photo shows her arm and torch in New York in 1883, and as you can see, people were able to climb up to the torch, for a small fee

She was officially dedicated
on October 28th, 1886.


Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
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Comments (15)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Great post. Thanks for the history lesson. Somehow I was reading about her lately. Should have posted a trivia question. Enjoy your day.

Nov 05, 2022 05:29 AM
Alan May

Thank you, Wayne.

Nov 05, 2022 06:40 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

She is a grand and beautiful statue.  Each piece in the pictures above is so big.  It gives perspective on how big she really is.  The day we visited the Statue of Liberty was a real blessing.

Nov 05, 2022 05:55 AM
Alan May

She really is.

Nov 05, 2022 06:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Alan,

WOW!! Simply statuesque! The photos really put in perspective the magnitude of the size of the parts!

Nov 05, 2022 06:11 AM
Alan May


Nov 05, 2022 06:40 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Helpful information for sure,  well done blog.   Have a great weekend and rest up.

Nov 05, 2022 08:08 AM
Alan May

Thanks, Bill.

Nov 05, 2022 06:41 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Alan May  What a wonderful gift France send to us 

Nov 05, 2022 02:41 PM
Alan May


Nov 05, 2022 06:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Alan- it's interesting that I tend to think of the Statue as I've always known her...not really how she came about  or ashore. 

Nov 05, 2022 05:59 PM
Alan May

I think most of us do that.

Nov 05, 2022 06:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 05, 2022 06:22 PM
Alan May

awwwww, shucks.  Thank you.

Nov 05, 2022 06:41 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How interesting! I wasn't aware of the shipping/displaying/installation process. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 06, 2022 04:49 AM
Alan May

In fairness, it did happen a very long time ago.

Nov 07, 2022 08:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Alan - thanks for giving us more history on Lady Liberty.  She is an amazing monument in New York Harbor.

Nov 06, 2022 05:42 AM
Alan May

She is, isn't she?

Nov 07, 2022 08:33 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

As a first generation Swede with a grandmother who shared her story, I knew about the origin and the assembly of the Statue of Liberty. The words came from a poem (sonnet), The New Colossus, written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 and the plague was placed on the Statue of Liberty in 1903.

Nov 06, 2022 05:46 AM
Alan May

Yep... I assumed everyone recognized the phrase, but it's entirely possible they didn't.

Nov 07, 2022 08:34 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Thank you, that was so interesting, I did not know it was shipped in pieces or that it was displayed in pieces prior to being assembled. 

Nov 06, 2022 09:30 AM
Alan May

Fascinating... isn't it?

Nov 07, 2022 08:35 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Well how cool is this Alan! I did not know this part of the Statue Of Liberty's herstory!  I'm glad you shared it and that Kathy Streib featured it in her Sunday Post.

Nov 06, 2022 10:14 AM
Alan May

Kathy is a wonder.

Nov 07, 2022 08:35 AM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Oh my gosh Alan May, I can't tell you how many times in the last few years I've thought about the meaning of the words to this poem.   Your history lesson is timely!

On the lighter side, I picked up an interesting tidbit from the inside of a Snapple cap.  Her sandal size is something like 800+.

Nov 06, 2022 07:11 PM
Alan May

LOL... them's some big shoes.

Nov 07, 2022 08:35 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

Given that Lady Liberty is an express subway ride and short ferry boat away, I can visit on any given day.  I do hope more Americans revisit the Emma Lazarus poem- forgetting the majority of us came from somewhere else. A few years ago I was reviewing family records and found my great grandfathers immigration papers from 1893 from Ellis Island. I am 3rd generation born and raised in NY on both sides of my family. You can move out of NY- but it's in your blood forever. 

Nov 08, 2022 11:44 PM
Alan May

She is totally worth a visit.

Nov 09, 2022 05:30 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

What a gem of story and post. So glad our blogs are evergreen. As a 2nd generation, the family stories about Ellis Island and the Statute of Liberty were part of my growing up in central Connecticut. Honestly, I never new how SHE got here. Thank you!

Nov 20, 2022 09:20 AM