Fake green lady fools post office

Don't all huge pointy-headed 
green ladies look alike?

Does it matter if a fake is mistaken for the real?

The U.S. Post Office printed and circulated a 44-cent stamp with a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, the image is not the real statue. It's a photo of a replica half-size statue that stands outside the New York-New York hotel in Las Vegas, rather than the real "Lady Liberty," which is in New York Harbor near New York City.

The post office licensed the photo from Getty Images, which had labelled the photo the "Statue of Liberty." A stamp expert who also knows quite a bit about the statue noticed the switch.

The post office is keeping the stamp the way it is, and updating its materials to explain which statue is actually pictured on the stamp.

Once you see the real head of the statue, the other head does look a little fake.


The actual head of the Statue of Liberty
(Click to enlarge)

The ladies live in very different neighborhoods.


The replica Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas


The actual Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island

I didn't realize there are actually hundreds of Statue of Liberty replica statues all around the world. Some are more realistic than others.


A statue similar to the Statue of Liberty was built
during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in China.

- Lady Liberty gets stamp of approval, Las Vegas Review-Journal>>
- The Statue of Liberty National Monument, the National Park Service>>
- Replicas of the Statue of Liberty, Wikipedia>>
- Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Wikipedia>>

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