Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Sesquicentennial International Exposition (1926)

Liberty Bell Over Broad Street

A color postcard that depicts a drawing of the large Liberty bell made for the sesquicentennial. The large liberty bell is held up by two pillars on each side. A car is driving in front of the bell and has a male driver with a female passenger. Some of the cranes used in Philadelphia's southern docks are in the background.

A Liberty Bell electified by 26,000 electric light bulbs welcomed visitors to the fair.

An eighty-foot-high replica of the Liberty Bell, electrified with 26,000 fifteen-watt light bulbs, was part of an elaborate lighting scheme for the fair. The exhibition halls, each painted a different pastel shade, were lit at night with mechanically rotating lights. Stadium lighting allowed various sports to be played at night.

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