There are certain monuments that are so identified with the United States and so ingrained in our consciousness that it’s hard to believe they weren’t always there. But the Statue of Liberty and especially Mount Rushmore are relatively new to the country.

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As few interesting photos to peruse and enjoy on a Sunday afternoon (or whenever you should take the notion).

Statue of Liberty under construction in France

Jean Harlow, glamorous early starlet. Born in 1911.
This is one of her baby pictures, taken around 1915

 

Hot air balloon races at the 1900 Paris World Fair. These events took place in Vincennes, in the outskirts of Paris. There was an altitude contest which was won by Mr. Balsan – who reached an altitude of 8,357 meters in his hot air balloon. The same Mr. Balsan became famous for winning a contest involving both distance and duration; it took him 35 hours to reach Russia. Courtesy Library of Congress

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