Coolest Photo You’ll See This July 4th

From the Iowa National Guard website:

“On a stifling July day in 1918, 18,000 officers and soldiers posed as Lady Liberty on the parade [drill] grounds at Camp Dodge.” [This area was west of Baker St. and is currently the area around building S34 and to the west.] “According to a July 3, 1986, story in the Fort Dodge Messenger, many men fainted-they were dressed in woolen uniforms-as the temperature neared 105 degrees Farenheit. The photo, taken from the top of a specially constructed tower by a Chicago photography studio, Mole & Thomas, was intended to help promote the sale of war bonds but was never used.” (Grover 1987)image001

From a descendent of one of the soldiers in the photo:

Base to shoulder:  150 feet

Right arm:  340 feet

Face:  60 feet

Nose:  21 feet

Longest spike of head piece:  70 feet

Flame on torch:  600 feet

Number of men in flame of torch:  12,000

Number of men in torch:  2,800

Number of men in right arm:  1,200

Total number of men:  18,000

Happy 233rd Birthday America!

Author: Tom Flynn III

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