Liberty from the air

8/19/1944

In the center of this aerial photograph of the New York Harbor, taken on August 19, 1944, is Bedloe's Island, now called Liberty Island and the home of the Statue of Liberty. The statue, dedicated in 1886, stands on a massive pedestal inside an old military fortification on the island. Look closely for the outline of the fort's 11-point star-shaped walls around the base of the statue. The Ellis Island immigration station lies to the right.

National Archives, Records of the Defense Intelligence Agency


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