Glimpsing the Pre-Green Statue of Liberty

Updated at: 11/06/2013 11:33 AM
By: Networx

Photo: GothamistThe Statue of Liberty is one of the most familiar and iconic parts of the New York landscape, standing guard over the harbor to usher boats in. Dedicated in 1886, the copper-clad statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France, and for as long as anyone can remember, she's been green.

Not surprising, because copper naturally oxidizes with exposure, and she's been hanging out on Liberty Island for quite some time. But some people got curious about what she might have looked like in her glory days, so they colorized historic photos to provide an estimate of what she might have looked like before oxidation. If her head (seen above) is any indicator, she must have looked quite stunning.

The Statue of Liberty has been carefully attended to by New York restoration firms on several occasions since her installation, preserving her for the enjoyment of future generations.

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