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Statue of Liberty Amid Mountains of Trash Postcard

Statue of Liberty Amid Mountains of Trash Postcard

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The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.


The statue is a frequent subject in popular culture. In music, it has been evoked to indicate support for American policies, as in Toby Keith\'s song \"Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)\", and in opposition, appearing on the cover of The Dead Kennedys\' album Bedtime for Democracy, which protested the Reagan administration\'s policies. In film, the torch is the setting for the climax of director Alfred Hitchcock\'s 1942 movie Saboteur. The statue makes one of its most famous cinematic appearances in the 1968 picture Planet of the Apes, in which it is seen half-buried in sand. It is destroyed in the science-fiction films Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and Cloverfield.


The statue of liberty is frequently used as an iconic image with satire and criticism to communicate about problems in the USA, as can be seen on this postcard.

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