Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt --- Free





FREE


Free is an adjective with one of its meanings, to be at liberty or a verb which means to set at liberty and what is the symbol of liberty or free-dom that is most renowned? Why the Liberty Bell of course, housed in its very own Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia.


We spent a few interesting days in Philadelphia at the end of last summer and I wrote a whole post on the Liberty Bell, with more than you ever wanted to know about the thing. However it is a very interesting story and you might like to give it a click to read more.

The story is not what you might have thought at all. As a bell it was a total washout and it did not acquire the name of the Liberty Bell until 1837 when the abolitionists named it so, long after the Declaration of Independence, but somehow it has morphed into this iconic symbol of freedom over the years.

I wonder if there will be a photo of the Statue of Liberty this weekend for Photo Hunt.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


53 comments:

napaboaniya said...

Free-DOM, something most of us crave for :)
Have a good weekend jmb!!

Carver said...

I remember your post on the liberty bell and it was very interesting. That's a great shot to use for the free theme. I hope you have a happy weekend.

CRIZ LAI said...

I love the bell. It's so antique :)

Actually, I had the idea of freedom as well JMB but in a different way. If you have the time, do check out my another interpretation here

ipanema said...

that's a great subject jmb, and a great shot of the bell.

thanks for the visit. :)

Lynn said...

I like the look of the bell with its flawed beauty.

Joyismygoal said...

perfect for the theme and good shot this one was difficult for me

eastcoastlife said...

An interesting history lesson here.

Freedom is hard-earned and should not be taken for granted. I think in the western countries, there is too much freedom.... like possessing drugs and firearms.

Huey said...

Freedom. I guess everyone would love to have more of it everywhere in the world.

keeyit said...

Informative one..

Yeah Freedome is always what we look for..

I have done mine.
http://www.keeyit.com/index.php/2008/02/16/photo-hunter-free/

Have a nice weekend.

Natalie said...

That's a fun take on the theme!

Heather said...

A beautiful and perfect example.

Yen said...

Very nice post! The photo looks awesome too! Thanks for sharing..

leslie said...

This is great! I'd love to see that bell one day.

Incog & Nito said...

Lovely post - enjoy your weekend.

PowersTwinB said...

Greaat for this weeks theme! Love your photo! Thanks for visiting my hunt early sweetie, I always appreciate seeing you in my comments

Corey~living and loving said...

wonderful choice for the theme. Free indeed!
happy weekend.

Heart of Rachel said...

The Liberty Bell is a great choice to represent the theme. Thank you for sharing that interesting background.

Thanks for visiting.

Mar said...

Beautiful picture! I visited the Liberty Bell back in the mid 70's and I have wonderful memories of that trip... Happy PH and happy weekend!

Juliana RW said...

great choice for FREE :D Thanks for share with us also with the history.

Will u visit my “Free“ Thanks and have a nice weekend

Ellee Seymour said...

A great story, and a great name, Liberty Bell, I hope you have a great weekend too. I have met a bell repairer, there is one outside Cambridge. He makes honey too and looks just like a bumble bee.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Terrific photo of the Liberty Bell. Great choice for this week's Hunt!

Dragonheart and Merlin

Jen said...

Great shot for this week's theme! Have a great weekend!

Randi said...

This is a great shot to use for the free theme.
Happy weekend.

pelfy said...

What a beautiful shot of an antique bell. Happy weekend (=

Sarge Charlie said...

let freedom ring

Kimo & Sabi said...

Nice photo - have a great weekend!

Sienna said...

I very much enjoyed reading about the bell, (when you did that post), wasn't aware of all the story behind it. Adds so much to the actual visit...(meaning the story behind things).

Happy Blogger Birthday for last week JMB!

I think one of those (Valentine) mud cakes would be in order, 10pm at night here, hot as billio and I'm craving chocolate!

Pam

Hootin' Anni said...

Now this photo takes my breath away....chilling and oh so beautiful!!! Our 'free' photos are of similar thoughts.

My 'free' photo is shared...come by and visit ---it's there for your viewing, for 'free'. Oops, no I guess not --it's costing money to use the computer of yours and being online. Oh well, stop by for a visit, if you can!!!

alpha said...

interesting post. i've learned something too. :D

Chikai said...

i love antique stuff. thanks for sharing it with us. :)

hope you can check out my entries when you have the time. it's here, here, here, and here. thanks! :)

Dragonstar said...

A perfect and informative post. Thanks.

mistyeiz said...

excellent take n perfect for the theme! thanks for sharing. :)

julie said...

Gaining freedom is never easy, we learn a lot from the many different struggles we face daily.

Have a great weekend, jmb :)

YTSL said...

Hi jmb --

Seems like you took more photos during your visit to Philadelphia than I did in the entire time that I lived in Philly! All the same, must say that sometimes seeing your photos sends me down Memory Lane... ;b

JC said...

Wonderful shot and a perfect choice for the theme!

Dorid said...

Most people don't realize that the bell which has come to be one of the most recognized icons of freedom wasn't even hung and rung to declare independence in 1776. Great post, and nice bit of educating :)

Ivy Sterling said...

freedom sometimes is very hard to get and to hold..nice photo..i love the bell. it has been a long since i seen one.

please check mine too! happy hunting
My So Calle Life
La Vida es Hermosa

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A. said...

A great shot, and an informative post too, so thanks all round. Happy weekend!

Jersey - The Furry Diva said...

Great take on "free", jmb. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my entry earlier today!

Utah Mommy said...

Wow you did a great job in taking this photo, the bell looks so antique, pretty! Happy weekend to you as well.
FREE RIDE

jams o donnell said...

That's a great idea for this week's theme. Happy weekend

the teach said...

jmb, great picture of the Liberty Bell. I don't know why I didn't think of the Statue of Liberty...but I thought of the American flag which flies outside of most buildings here in the states. Happy PH!

A Simple Life said...

Yes, freedom! Nice take on the theme. Happy weekend.

Liza said...

Great shot and great subject for the FREE theme. Thanks for dropping by. Happy hunting.

Liz said...

A lovely photo. I recall your trip to Philadelphia. An important symbol of something that is priceless.

ian said...

i wanted to see the Liberty Bell after the prominent role it played in National Treasure 1. my best friend now lives in Philadelphia gave me a miniature souvenir bell and I'm definitely loving it. it's such an enduring symbol of American heritage, culture, and history.

Gattina said...

So far I haven't seen the statue of liberty, probably because it is not free anymore, you are not allowed to visit it as in the past !

Jessica said...

SO true... Great representation of freedom! Let it ring!

Sean Jeating said...

Virtually ringing a bell on this post and the linked one. :)

everydayhealy said...

Looks like your bell has the significance. I have not seen any statue of liberty for this week entries yet! :)

Pato & Pearl said...

Freedom...something so precious but many had sacrifice their lives for this...
This is a nice take! Have a good weekend

Pearl

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I remember your Liberty Bell post, too. Before that, I didn't know much about it, much less where it is!