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Bon voyage! Unearthed photos of the Statue of Liberty being built in Paris before she was dedicated to the people of America

Daunting: Passers-by marvel at the Statue of Liberty head as she goes on display before her dedication in New York

In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”

Stunning pictures of the construction of Miss Liberty in Paris 1877-1885 (click to see more)

Late Qing: The Empress Dowager Cixi rose from the position of concubine to become the most powerful woman in China, in a reign that lasted 47 years – from 1861 to 1908. Seen here as a young woman, Cixi had the fortune to bear the Xianfeng Emperor’s only male heir. After the death of the Emperor, Cixi ruled through her son, who was only five years old when his father died. Then, when the boy Emperor himself died at an early age, Cixi installed her nephew to the throne and ruled through him.

The Strange Case of Jeremy Bentham: At his request, he was taxidermied after his death. Supposedly, the process to preserve the head went terribly wrong and left his face showing lack of expression therefore, unattractive. So, his head was replaced with the wax substitute and for a time was placed on the floor between his legs. It now sits in storage, safe and sound.

THE FIRST STATUE OF LIBERTY GIVEN TO THE U.S. BY FRANCE WAS A BLACK WOMAN THAT THE U.S. TURNED DOWN SO THE FRENCH MADE ANOTHER WHICH IS THE CURRENT IN N.Y. HARBOR THIS IS BLACK LADY LIBERTY MADE ALSO BY THE FRENCH ON THE ISLAND OF ST. MARTIN. WOMBMEN OF CREATION WE MUST CONTINUE TO SHINE THE LIGHT FOR THOSE IN NEED…..LIVE FREE!

Vinnie Ream - at the age of 18 she was selected by Congress to sculpt a memorial statue of Lincoln. She became the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the US government.