Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lady Liberty Is A Replica

The U.S. Postal Service has just issued a new Forever stamp, with an image of what they believed to be the Statue of Liberty. Except it turns out that the image is not of the NY statue, but of a replica statue outside the New York-New York Casino in Las Vegas. The stamp image is a photograph of the replica of the monument. Whereas the original stands 151 feet, this Liberty is 100 ft. Liberty's face is shaped differently, more blocky. And do I detect in those heavy eyelids a mixture of boredom and derision? Her noble, aquiline nose replaced by slightly misshapen nostrils, this Statue of Liberty looks as if she's about to fall asleep. Liberty has grown smaller, but no one at the Postal Service (and maybe none of us) noticed the difference.