Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi is credited with bringing the concept of the Statue of Liberty to fruition, deriving inspiration from the 19th-century penchance for grandiose monuments. He originally designed the statue for placement at the Suez Canal, but the project was never commissioned. After a promotional trip across America, Bartholdi's ideas finally took hold in 1874, and a Franco-American coalition was formed to fund the project, with the Americans building the base and the French the statue.
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: BuildingsEra: 1880-1889DateCreated: 1886Statue of Liberty National MonumentBrooklynState: NYZip: 11231Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Statue-of-Liberty/Creator: Bartholdi, Frédéric , de Laboulaye, Edouard René
YearAdded:Image Credit: Public Domain (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)Era_date_from: 1886
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1876Le CreusotCountry: FranceWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/manufacturing---1/-69-creusot-steam-hammer-%281876%29Creator: Schneider and Co.
The introduction of steam-powered forging hammers by French and British engineers of the 1830s led to the building of this impressive hammer at Creusot that delivered blows to shape and strengthen iron and steel objects before forging. It was for years the most powerful steam hammer in the world. Yet in 1878 a writer observed that "this formidable mass is capable of ... corking a bottle without breakage." With a striking capacity of 100 tons and a stroke of 5 meters, it worked massive iron and steel shafts, piston rods, and other forgings for fifty-four years, until its retirement in 1930.
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Christophe Finot (CC BY-SA 2.5)Era_date_from: 1876