Happy Fourth of July

This Friday is the Fourth of July, which is also called Independence Day. The Fourth of July is the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and formally told the world of the Thirteen Colonies’ intent to separate from British rule. You can read more about the history of the Fourth of July on history.com.

I hope you enjoy this selection of America-themed photos that I put together in honor of this special national holiday. Some of these photos were actually taken on a Fourth of July, but some were not.

Fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986.jpg

By Camera Operator: SSGT. LONO KOLLARS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument.
A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument. Location: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) Date: 4 July 1986

US Navy 050704-N-3019M-002 Fireworks explode over the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) as part of the 4th of July celebrations at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.jpg

By U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fireworks explode over the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) as part of the 4th of July celebrations at Naval Station Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (July 4, 2005) – Fireworks explode over the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) as part of the 4th of July celebrations at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted a block party for Sailors, which included live entertainment, food and games in celebration of America’s 229th birthday. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley (RELEASED)

Red, White, and Blue

Big new FDNY fireboat helps celebrate the 4th of July -a.jpg

By Tom Babich from Fair Lawn, USA (FIREBOAT) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Big new FDNY fireboat helps celebrate the 4th of July
Fireboat
4 July 2013, 20:05

Additional Information: Source: FIREBOAT

US Navy 080604-N-2984R-062 Sailors wave and throw red, white, and blue streamers onto the pier after the announcement that the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was moored.jpg

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Ricardo Reyes [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sailors wave and throw red, white, and blue streamers onto the pier after the announcement that the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was moored
Norfolk, Va. (June 4, 2008) Sailors wave and throw red, white, and blue streamers onto the pier after the announcement that the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was moored. Truman returned to homeport after a scheduled seven-month combat deployment supporting maritime security operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf as well as providing close air support for ground forces serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Ricardo Reyes (Released)

Sailors and Marines display the national ensign. (9218500978).jpg

By Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of America MC3 Chelsea Mandello/U.S. Navy (Sailors and Marines display the national ensign.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sailors and Marines display the national ensign.
RED SEA (June 4, 2013) Sailors and Marines display the national ensign in honor of Independence Day aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Mandello/Released) 130704-N-XZ031-272

Additional Information:

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Source: Sailors and Marines display the national ensign.

Author: Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of America MC3 Chelsea Mandello/U.S. Navy

Patriotic Human Formations

The Work of Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas

In 1918, photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas took these unusual photos of well-known American symbols composed of thousands of soldiers. The Huffington Post notes that these photos were supposed to “get support for the first World War.”

As you can imagine, these photo shoots were no easy task. For instance, the summer heat took its toll during the photo shoot for the “Human Statue of Liberty” picture taken at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. According to The Huffington Post, “The Fort Dodge Messenger reported that a number of men, who were unfortunately dressed in regulation wool uniforms, fainted as the temperature crept toward an unholy 105 degrees.”

The following pictures are not the only human formation photos that Mole and Thomas took during World War I. You can see additional images at “Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas’ WWI Portraits Made From People At Carl Hammer Gallery In Chicago” and at the web site of Chicago’s Carl Hammer Gallery.

Sources:

“Arthur Mole” – Wikipedia

“Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas’ WWI Portraits Made From People At Carl Hammer Gallery In Chicago” – The Huffington Post

MPH 56, Human Statue of Liberty.jpg

By Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas, 915 Medinah Bldg., Chicago, Illinois. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Human Statue of Liberty
This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918. It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp “Dodge”, in Iowa. EIGHTEEN THOUSAND MEN!!!!!
FACTS: Base to Shoulder: 150 feet Right Arm: 340 feet Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet Right thumb: 35 feet Thickest part of body: 29 feet Left hand length: 30 feet Face: 60 feet Nose: 21 feet Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet Torch and flame combined: 980 feet Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000 Number of men in torch: 2,800 Number of men in right arm: 1,200 Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000
Total men: 18,000

Additional Information:

This image and similar photographs by Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas: Arthur S. Mole was a British-born commercial photographer who worked in Zion, Illinois. During and shortly after World War I, Mole traveled with his partner John D. Thomas from one military camp to another, posing thousands of soldiers to form gigantic patriotic symbols that they photographed from above. The formations depicted such images as the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the Marine Corps emblem and a portrait of President Woodrow Wilson. The Wilson portrait, for example, was formed using 21,000 officers and men at Camp Sherman in Ohio and stretched over 700 feet. His “Human Liberty Bell” was composed from over 25,000 soldiers, arranged with Mole’s characteristic attention to detail to even depict the crack in the bell. Mole and Thomas spent a week or more preparing for these immense works, which were taken from a 70 or 80 foot tower with an 11 by 14 inch view camera. When the demand for these photographs dropped in the 1920s, Mole returned to his photography business in Zion.

This picture, as well as additional photographs produced in the same style by Mole & Thomas and other photographers (and featuring the patriotic themes mentioned in the preceding paragraph), can be viewed at the web site of Chicago’s Carl Hammer Gallery.

The Human U.S. Shield.jpg

By Arthur Samuel Mole [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Human U.S. Shield
The Human U.S. Shield, 30.000 Men at Camp Custer, Michigan
1918

Additional Information: Source: http://www.georgeglazer.com/prints/military/molethominv/molethominv.html

Camp Gordon Atlanta GA 1918.jpg

By photographer name illegible (http://fishki.net/comment.php?id=56920) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

"The Human American Eagle" formed by 12,500 military officers and men at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia in 1918, during World War I
“The Human American Eagle” formed by 12,500 military officers and men at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia in 1918, during World War I
1918 (date in image)

Additional Information:

Editor’s Note: The web site of Chicago’s Carl Hammer Gallery identifies this photo as one taken by Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas.

Source: http://fishki.net/comment.php?id=56920  

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