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This is the First Aerial Color Photograph Ever Shot: The Statue of Liberty, circa 1931

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Photo from National Geographic Society’s FOUND tumblr account. Photograph by Melvin B. Grosvener. 

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Image from the National Park Service

“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States as a symbol of freedom and democracy. While intended to mark the abolition of slavery with the powerful image of a broken shackle and chain at the Statue’s right foot, the meaning behind it was not yet a reality for African Americans in 1886; at the time the statue emphasized the bitter ironies of America’s professed identity as a just and free society for all people regardless of race.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933. To learn more about the history of the Statue of Liberty visit the National Park Service Web site.

Found is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic Archives. Started in 2013 to honor the 125th anniversary of the magazine, the Web site showcases photographs that reveal culture and moments from our past. Many of these images have rarely been seen by the public and their beauty had been lost to the outside world. -CS

Andy Warhol’s San Diego Surf Premieres 44 Years After Filming

Riding on the tail of Bruce Brown’s Endless Summer and in hopes of making a rawer, edgier surf film, Andy Warhol rented a mansion in La Jolla, California, perhaps trying to shake away the doldrums of New York City.

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Freud and the Beach: An Oblique Commentary on Surfing and the Psyche

The concept of surfing in New York is verging on myth and paradox, merging mean streets and epic waves.

Surfing doesn’t have to be philosophical, but there is certainly no doubt as to whether or not it can be. Andy Martin and award-winning photographer and filmmaker Norman Lomax took to the streets of New York after the Quiksilver Pro had been on Long Island to explore what it is that makes surfing so uniquely transcendental. Looking at the writings of Freud, Sartre and Camus, Andy Martin considers the philosophy of surfing.

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Dream Waves and City Nightmares, A Photography Series

Aside from Rio de Janeiro or Honolulu, you very rarely see pictures of city skylines with waves in them, says photographer Sean Davey. The photograph above is actually a mashup of two places, the city of Honolulu and Tahiti’s world-famous wave, Teahupo’o.

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The Best Waves Ridden at Quiksilver’s New York Surf Contest

Photograph by Mike Nelson, unsOund surf

“Although people don’t think of New York as necessarily a great wave…I think the ironic thing is we’re gonna get a really nice swell from Katia, and there might be like 6-foot barrels, which would be really hilarious.”  Kelly Slater

Surfers, first and foremost, were wary of holding a million-dollar competition at a beach that probably only sees a handful of swells throughout the entire year. New York does receive surf, but not to the knowledge of most New Yorkers, or surfers.

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Beginning Of The End: A Californian’s Minor Odyssey Into Montauk, Etc.

It’s hard to believe the strange world of outer Long Island is a place so close to Manhattan. But it is.

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My last bodysurf in New York

I’ve been home in California for a bit now, but I had a great time body surfing a second weekend in New York and I thought I’d tell you about it.

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