Shiny! See (in color) how the Statue of Liberty originally looked

I’m in love with the Statue of Liberty¬†- the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas. A gift from France, built in 1886, she’s the symbol of a city I love and has a beautiful green patina. But remember, her copper skin didn’t always look like this — it first looked more like a penny.

Shaun helped us visualize how her 151ft of majestic copper would look when they first put her on display back in 1886. Pretty awesome, right?

Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

And yes, this is a photograph of the real Statue of Liberty, not the mini one in Las Vegas that tricked the USPS.

Update from our comments!

tudza points out: Snopes cites an article that has the statue going through a black color phase on the way to green: http://www.snopes.com/history/american/liberty.asp

Here’s another bit of info: http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/liberty/libertyquestions.htm#solq2

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