Statue of Liberty Historical Reference Material

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was established on Bedloe’s Island in the Upper Bay, 1 1/4 miles from the Battery. It was reached by steamboat, which left the Battery hourly, on the hour, and returned on the half hour from 9 AM to 5 PM. One may have obtained a satisfactory view of the exterior and returned on the same boat; time from Battery and return, three-quarters of an hour; if the ascent of the Statue were to be made, it would’ve taken an hour and three-quarters.

As it is easily the most widely known statue in the world and is reproduced in printed form more times every year than any other view of New York, it may be of interest to give some
particulars regarding its proportions:

Height from base to torch………………………………..151-ft       1-in
Foundation of pedestal to torch…………………………305-ft       6-in
Heel to top of head……………………………………….111-ft       6-in
Length of hand…………………………………………….16-ft       5-in
Index finger………………………………………………….8-ft       0-in
Circumference at second joint…………………………….7-ft      6-in
Size of finger nail……………………………….13×10 in.
Head from chin to cranium………………………………..17-ft      3-in
Distance across the eye……………………………………2-ft      6-in
Length of nose……………………………………………….4-ft      6-in
Right arm, length……………………………………………42-ft     0-in
Right arm, greatest thickness……………………………..12-ft     2-in
Thickness of waist………………………………………….35-ft     0-in
Width of Mouth……………………………………………….3-ft     0-in
Tablet, Length………………………………………………..23-ft     7-in
Tablet, thickness……………………………………………..2-ft     0-in
Height of Pedestal…………………………………………..89-ft     0-in
Square sides at base, each………………………………..62-ft     0-in
Square sides at top, each………………………………….40-ft     0-in
Grecian columns, above base……………………………..72-ft     8-in
Height of foundation…………………………………………65-ft     0-in
Square sides at bottom…………………………………….91-ft     0-in
Square sides at top…………………………………………66-ft     7-in

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