Stunning Historic Photos of the Statue of Liberty Being Constructed

Planning for Shipment to America

Bartholdi and Laboulaye had decided that it would be most practical to complete the statue in France and have it deconstructed and shipped in several pieces to America. Lady Liberty was scheduled to be shipped as soon as the United States was finished building its pedestal.

France had agreed to foot the bill for deconstructing and transporting the statue across the ocean.

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