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Mole & Thomas (American)
LOT ID: 74870
The Human Liberty Bell, 1918

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
12.5 х 10.25 in. (31.75 x 26.04 cm.)
Inscribed, in the negative: "Mole & Thomas / 915 Medinah Bldg. / Chicago 1918" and "The Human Liberty Bell / 25000 Officers & Men / at / Camp Dix, New Jersey / General Hugh L. Scott, Com'd'r."
Artists' credit stamped on verso.
Lot description
An original vintage photograph taken by Arthur Mole and John Thomas of 25,000 individuals composed to form a "living" Liberty Bell.

At the beginning of World War I, English photographer Arthur S. Mole and his American colleague John D. Thomas traveled from one military camp to another taking photos of soldiers forming patriotic symbols as a part of planned promotional campaign to sell war bonds. Thousands soldiers would form gigantic patriotic symbols such as Statue of Liberty, president Woodrow Wilson, American Eagle or Liberty Bell which were photographed from above. Mole and Thomas spent days preparing formations which were photographed from a 70 to 80 foot tower with an 11 by 14 inch camera.
The Human Liberty Bell by Mole & Thomas
  • The Human Liberty Bell by Mole & Thomas
  • The Human Liberty Bell by Mole & Thomas
  • The Human Liberty Bell by Mole & Thomas
  • The Human Liberty Bell by Mole & Thomas
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