I received an interesting e-mail a few days ago...and when you realize how this photo is made, it's mind boggling:
WWI Camp Dodge - Living Statue of Liberty
"On a stifling July day in 1918, 18,000 officers and soldiers posed as Lady Liberty on the parade grounds at Camp Dodge. According to a July 3, 1986, story in the Fort Dodge Messenger, many men fainted-they were dressed in woolen uniforms-as the temperature neared 105 degrees. The photo, taken from the top of a specially constructed tower by a Chicago photography studio, Mole & Thomas. The photo was intended to help promote the sale of war bonds but was never used." (Grover 1987) There are twice as many men in the flame of the torch as in the rest of the design.