Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Forever Liberty Bell postcard

We got to see the Liberty Bell when we carried our young boys to Independence Hall in Philadelphia many years ago.

On the back:

“THE LIBERTY BELL – Originally hung in the tower of the new State House (Independence Hall) in 1753, this bell has greater significance than any other. It was first used as a symbol of freedom by abolitionists prior to the Civil War. Today, the Liberty Bell’s universal appeal is demonstrated by the more than a million people from all over the world who visit it annually.”

It doesn’t say so here, but I am sure I read or heard it got its famous crack when it was tolling because of Chief Justice John Marshall’s death.

Of course it is also the picture on Forever Stamps at the postal service. Just before the latest rate increase I bought 300 of them, which will save me 300 pennies. And once a resident of Philadelphia said, “A penny saved is a penny earned”.

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