The Statue of Liberty is one of the most immediately recognizable symbols of the United States. A gift from France, Lady Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886 (almost 130 years ago to the day), and since then has been an enduring presence off the southern tip of Manhattan. She holds a torch over her head and clutches a tablet to her body, but did you know that in the 1920 she almost got a wristwatch? It’s true. And The Atlantic has the full story.
It’s hard to imagine the Statue of Liberty any different from how it is today, but in 1926 a few enterprising watchmakers wanted to add a little ornamentation to her wrist. Of course, the massive glowing wristwatch would bear their names, acting as a giant advertisement. The plan was rejected for a number of reasons, but not before some heckling from the press.