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Vintage Crowd Funding

Thanks to the popularity of sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo, these days “crowd funding” is all the rage. But did you know that the idea was around¬†long before the Internet and played an important role in the history of the Statue of Liberty?

In 1885, to raise money to build the pedestal upon which Liberty stands, a range of raffles, auctions and souvenirs were  offered to the public. The following is an official flyer advertising the availability of Liberty statuettes.

Crowd Funding Liberty

 

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