Thursday, January 31, 2019

Statue of Liberty #4 (1923)

The final Statue of Liberty postcard in this short series was published by The American Art Publishing Company of New York City. The statue has definitely taken on its green patina (verdigris) at this point. The card has this caption:
Statue of Liberty on Bedloes [sic] Island in New York Bay 1¼ miles from the Battery, a colossal figure of Liberty enlightening the World. It lights the harbor with an electric torch held 306 feet above the water, the highest beacon in the world. Was presented to America by the French nation.
This card was mailed with a one-cent stamp and postmarked on November 14, 1923, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Also within that week, according to Wikipedia, Bavarian police found Adolf Hitler hiding in the attic of the country home of his friend Ernst Hanfstaengl and arrested him; the new flag of the Soviet Union, with its design of a solid red field with a gold hammer, sickle and star in the upper corner, was adopted; Germany suspended its reparation payments; and former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson called the country's isolationist attitude after the Great War "cowardly and dishonorable."

This postcard was mailed to Berkeley, California, and has the following cursive message:
"Oscar and Billy.—
How are you sweethearts? Dad is expecting to drop this card into the mail-box when I get to Pittsfield, Mass., this PM. Saw this statue all lit up nights at New York. Wished you and Momma could have seen this and other things. Was on some big ships again. Glad you liked my colored leaves, whole trees full of these make a fine picture. Did you show them to your teacher? Lots of love and kisses to all. Your own Dad."

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