Description The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack (today the Whitechapel Bell Foundry) in 1752, and was cast with the lettering (part of Leviticus 25:10) 'Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.' It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations. Bells were rung to mark the reading of the Declaration on July 8, 1776, and while there is no contemporary account of the Liberty Bell ringing, most historians believe it was one of the bells rung on that day. After American independence was secured, it fell into relative obscurity for some years. In the 1830s, the bell was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies, who dubbed it the 'Liberty Bell'. It acquired its distinctive large crack sometime in the early 19th century, a widespread story claims it cracked while ringing after the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835. It is made of copper and tin, has a circumference of 12 ft (3.7 m), and weighs 2,080 lb (900 kg). Wikipedia. This image comes from a vintage source as cited in the image. For more information on the Liberty Bell visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Bell
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement Hello, I'm Richard Eslinger, the creator of this Imagekind gallery.
For most of my career I worked as an engineer and computer graphics specialist. In more recent years, I discovered a hobby of searching archival sources for historic, interesting, or important vintage images. I refurbish them with graphics software and imprint them on stone, tile, wood, paper, or glass in various ways. This has led to the presentation of some interesting artwork. Some of the results of this hobby can be seen on this Imagekind gallery as well as my website https://www.vintage-imaging.com.
I also work in a trophy and awards business, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving (GLTE) in Garden City, Michigan. You can visit us at www.greatlakestrophies.com to see some of the items we make and sell. I program and operate our engraving machines for trophies and recognition awards. We have 5 engraving machines including 3 laser engravers and 2 mechanical engravers. Programming and running them is an art in its own right and requires an artistic view and use of computer graphics software.
I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan with my wife, Karen. Thank you for visitingmy Imagekind gallery. To view more historical images, visit my website at https://www.vintage-imaging.com