Photo of the Week – May 18, 2012
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This photo, taken 124 years ago this week, shows the Eiffel Tower under construction in 1888. Nicknamed ‘la dame de fer’ or ‘the iron lady’, the tower was built as a centerpiece for the 1889 World’s Fair. In a proposal of the project in 1885, Gustave Eiffel said that the tower would represent “not only the art of the modern engineer, but also the century of Industry and Science in which we are living, and for which the way was prepared by the great scientific movement of the eighteenth century and by the Revolution of 1789, to which this monument will be built as an expression of France’s gratitude.” The structural construction took just over two years. Initially without elevators, the first ascents to the tower’s summit took over one hour on foot. Once open to the public during the World’s Fair, tickets cost 2 francs for the first level and 5 francs for the top. That’s about $1.15!
This work (Tour Eiffel : Montage des piliers au-dessus du premier étage 15 mai 1888), via Wikimedia Commons) is free of known copyright restrictions.
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