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This particular photo arrived in email from Mattie Lennon who, though from Ireland, was quite impressed with it. He explained, "The attached amazing (91 year old) picture was sent to me by Kerry Photographer, Tom Fitzgerald. Would it be suitable for publication?"

Thank you, Mattie, it certainly should be appreciated by many:

The sheer planning is obvious, and the willingness to stand and pose just facing in the right direction to create the detailing of the design took dependability and stamina considering how long it probably took to expose the original. You can even see some faces quite clearly, and of course, the result should thrill any American!

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An amazing pic from 1918
I find it amazing that this photo, taken so many years ago, actually still exists!
And now, someone has put it online for all of us to see. This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918.

It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Iowa.



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


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