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Pass and Stow: A Detail Photograph of the Liberty Bell

Pass and Stow: A Detail Photograph of the Liberty Bell

Close photograph of the Liberty Bell shows the date, part of a Bible quote from Leviticus, the words “Pass and Stow,” and of course, the famous crack

 

Detail photography of the phrase
Detail photography of the phrase “Pass and Stow,” on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia (A0009465)

The Liberty Bell is an enduring symbol of American Independence, having rung in the steeple at Independence Hall in the decades after US independence from Britain. Although legend claims the bell rang on July 4, 1776, that’s not possible because the vote for independence wasn’t immediately made public. ¹


See my photographs of the Liberty Bell and other Philadelphia subjects here


“Pass and Stow” refers to John Pass and John Stow, two Philadelphia men who twice made recasts of the original Liberty Bell, which was commissioned from London bell foundry Lester and Pack in 1752, and cracked not long after arriving in Philadelphia. ²

This incarnation of the bell was probably cracked in the 1830s. Interestingly, Lester and Pack, later renamed Whitechapel Bell Foundry, still manufactures bells in the same building in London at White Chapel Road and Fieldgate Street, where the original Liberty Bell was cast. The foundry also manufactured London’s famous Big Ben bell. ³

A photograph of the famously prominent crack in the side of the bell
A photograph of the famously prominent crack in the side of the bell

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Sources:

  1. Wikipedia “Liberty Bell
  2. Wikipedia “Liberty Bell
  3. Wikipedia “White Chapel Bell Foundry

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