Happy 125th birthday, Statue of Liberty!

Today, the statue of Liberty is 125 years old. Above, from the Smithsonian Institution archives, a Harpers Magazine cover: Wilbur Wright flying his Wright Flyer around her in 1909.

Sarah Taylor Sulick of the Smithsonian Institution tells Boing Boing,

This was one of the earliest public demonstrations of powered flight, an iconic moment in front of an iconic monument and witnessed by more than 1 million New Yorkers. Our Air and Space Museum’s blog is also honoring Lady Liberty by featuring a round up of photos of other cool things flying around her—everything from a Bleriot XI monoplane to one of the first hang gliders to a group of F-16 Falcons.

More photos of Lady Liberty Taking Flight, here.


  1. That picture of the Wright Flyer is amazing. Never seen it before.

    Couldn’t care less about the statue though.

  2. I made a giant corn maze for just such an event this year, at crumland farms in frederick, maryland. here’s the artwork i did: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150308996111541&set=pu.104707601540&type=1&theater

    shirking the cowbell = freedom very deep stuff :D

  3. It is ironic that exactly 125 years ago, on a wind-swept island in the middle of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. For the very best tribute that we could have EVER given to commemorate this anniversary are the brave efforts of hardy Occupy Wall Street participants, who are “standing watch” just a few miles away, ….and whose spirit is spreading all across the country!  If  Lady Liberty  could speak , she would surely say THANK YOU OWS. Thank you   for renewing and strengthening the ideals of freedom and dignity and liberty…upon which this great nation was founded. All Occupy Wall Street participants, both here in New York, and across the country, should know  –and  remember– this simple fact: With all the hardships and trials that you have been going thru—and will go thru—  you are truly carrying forward the torch of freedom. Lady Liberty would be proud of you! ….WE are proud of you!

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