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An American Classic: Lady Liberty Turns 125
A total of 125 immigrants from 46 countries were sworn in as United States citizens at a ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty -- an event that merits a look back at the long life of Lady Liberty. See more great pictures in the full gallery at Life.com.

Statue of Liberty: Opening Art

French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Paris workshop houses portions of the Statue of Liberty during its construction, circa 1880. Originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World," the great work was a gift to America from the French people to celebrate the Franco-American alliance that helped win the American Revolution.

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Statue of Liberty: Ellis Island, America, 1930s

Immigrants gaze out at Lady Liberty from Ellis Island in the 1930s.

New York's Golden Age: the 1940s

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Statue of Liberty: Sightseers Hang Out the Windows in Lady Liberty's Crown

Apr. 01, 1952: Sightseers hang out the windows of Lady Liberty's crown.

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Statue of Liberty: Korea's Children's Choir, 1954

1954: Korea's children's choir visits the statue of liberty.

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Statue of Liberty: In Bartholdi's Workshop

French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Paris workshop houses portions of the Statue of Liberty during its construction, circa 1880. 

The Empire State Building: Made By Hand

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Statue of Liberty: New Beginnings

A group of immigrants traveling aboard a ship celebrate as they catch their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor, in 1915.

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Statue of Liberty: Statue of Liberty, 1939

The Statue of Liberty poses for a photo in 1939.

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Statue of Liberty: Moonlight Mile

Moonlight glistens on the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty as a lonely tug boat steams past in New York Harbor, 1946.

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Statue of Liberty: Liberty by Night

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Statue of Liberty: Scaffolding Comes Down After Some Cleaning

Dec. 17, 1985: Scaffolding comes down from Liberty's torch after some cleaning.

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Statue of LIberty: Final Hole, Pontchartrain Beach, Louisiana

The final hole at Pontchartrain Beach, Louisiana, seen in 1955.

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Statue of Liberty: Face Time

The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champs du Mars at the World's Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878.

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Statue of Liberty: Liberty's Torch In Philadelphia

The forearm and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1876. In order to raise funds for the completion of the statue and its pedestal, members of the public could pay fifty cents to climb to the balcony of the torch.

See more great pictures in the full gallery at Life.com.

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An American Classic: Lady Liberty Turns 125

A total of 125 immigrants from 46 countries were sworn in as United States citizens at a ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty -- an event that merits a look back at the long life of Lady Liberty. See more great pictures in the full gallery at Life.com.

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