Looking at old personal snapshots can often be emotionally overwhelming. Looking at pictures from the past that have captured some clickaspect of human history can be even more moving. After all, going back to experiences that mark major events and moments which have brought us where we are today can affect us greatly. Some well-timed photography and historical realities make for very powerful pictures. Here are some photos from the past that are sure to incite a myriad of feelings in you. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never seen most of them – these rare snapshots aren’t in wide circulation.
Commissioning the Statue of Liberty’s construction may be counted amongst the bravest projects in the history of the architectural world. The momentous decision was taken on April 21, 1865 at a public meeting in Glatigny, France. The attendees wished to celebrate the spirit of liberation and progress that the young republic of United States represented and to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. The financing and execution of the statue’s construction, however, was not easy. Both France and the USA chipped in financially. The latter decision was made because, if the financing was a purely French undertaking, they would be responsible for maintenance too. The final product commemorates both the vision and the effort of both France and America in creating a beautiful, symbolic icon.