Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rare Photos of the Statue of Liberty Being Built in 1883

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Drawing of the Statue of Liberty in Upper New York Bay

Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for its frame) and dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty is a large neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
The project was a joint effort between the French and American peoples. The French would provide the statue while the Americans would provide the site and build the pedestal.
The Statue of Liberty stands at a height of 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters). From ground to torch it is 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters) tall. It is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Below you will find a gallery of rare photos of the Statue of Liberty under construction in 1883. The images are part of the New York Public Library’s Photography Collection.


1. Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

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2. Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

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3. View of the workshop, with models of the
Statue of Liberty in the background

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4. Men at work on the construction
of the Statue of Liberty

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5. Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the
left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

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6. Head of the Statue of Liberty
on display in a park in Paris

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7. The external area of the workshop in Paris,
including construction materials and the Statue head

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8. Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty

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9. Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris,
with the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding

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10. Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris

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The Statue of Liberty’s design and construction were recognized at the time as one of the greatest technical achievements of the 19th century. It was hailed as a bridge between art and engineering. The exterior ‘envelope’ was composed of brass plaques, formed by hammering them in hard wood moulds made from plaster models. These plaques were then soldered and riveted together. After Bartholdi prefabricated the figure in Paris by moulding sheets of copper over a steel framework, it was shipped to the United States in 241 crates in 1885. [Source]

































source : www.havocweird.com

Sunday, October 18, 2015

World’s Most Remote Monuments

On Tuesday, September 19th, 1989 the aircraft exploded over Niger in the Tenere region of the Sahara Desert. French investigators determined a suitcase bomb planted by Libyan terrorists to be the cause. All 170 people on board died.
UTA Flight 772 was a scheduled flight operating from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris CDG airport in France.
Eighteen years later, families of the victims gathered at the crash site to build a memorial.
Due to the remoteness of the location, pieces of the wreckage could still be found at the site.
The memorial was created by Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC-10 d’UTA, an association of the victims’ families along with the help of local inhabitants.
The memorial was built mostly by hand and uses dark stones to create a 200-foot diameter circle.The Tenere region is one of the most inaccessible places on the planet. The stones were trucked to the site from over 70 kilometers away.
The memorial was built over the course of two months in May and June of 2007.170 broken mirrors, representing each victim, were placed around the circumference of the memorial.
The memorial is anchored by the starboard wing of the aircraft which was trucked to the site from 10 miles away. Workers had to dig up the wing and empty it of sand.








The memorial was partly funded by the $170 million compensation package provided by the Libyan government.
Completed Memorial.The memorial can be seen from Google Earth.


Bizarre animal which appears to be a mix between a crocodile and buffalo found in Thailand


What the? … locals in a Thai village were left terrified after this beast was born by a buffalo. Picture: Facebook/Nhênyêt jiyanê
IMAGES have been shared online of this creepy creature, which looks half crocodile, half buffalo, after it was born in a remote town in Thailand.
The bizarre animal appears to be covered in large scales with a long head, similar to a crocodile, while it seems to have the body and legs of a calf.
Online footage shows locals gathering around the animal while lighting incense and candles, believed to be for good luck.

Freaky … The animal has scales like a reptile and the body of a mammal. Picture: Facebook/Nhênyêt jiyanê
Local website Rath reports the animal was born in the village of High Rock by a buffalo that has previously given birth to normal litters.
According to the site, it died soon after birth, and “is believed to bring good luck to the family and the village.”
Facebook user Nhênyêt jiyanê uploaded photos to her page with one reader writing “praise to god.”


Strange things people try to take on aeroplanes




Some of the novelty grenades passengers try to take on-board. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
I’VE taken some pretty stupid things on to a plane — giant lamp shades, a portable baby cot and bags of groceries.
But that pales in comparison to what America’s Transport Security Administration regularly finds in people’s belongings.
Last week they collected a record 67 firearms from carry-on bags across the US — and 56 of those guns were loaded.
  • Travellers try to take all sorts of ‘amusing’ grenades on their holiday. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
    Travellers try to take all sorts of ‘amusing’ grenades on their holiday. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
  • Don’t forget your avalanche starter. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
    Don’t forget your avalanche starter. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
  • Don’t leave home without your mallet. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
    Don’t leave home without your mallet. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
  • If you like you meat thinly sliced then take your own slicer with you. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
    If you like you meat thinly sliced then take your own slicer with you. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
  • Protect yourself from bears while on holiday with a few cans of spray. Picture: Transportation Security Administration
    Protect yourself from bears while on holiday with a few cans of spray. Picture: Transportation Security Administration

They also found a bunch of throwing stars, 19 stun guns and Tasers, and a canister of gun powder.
It may come as a surprise to Australians, but the TSA says “you can travel with your firearms in checked baggage”, but they must first be declared to the airline.
The TSA also allows passengers to transport ammunition, but only in checked baggage.