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In the patriotic fervor of World War I, Arthur Mole commanded thousands of troops to produce ‘living symbols’ from his unique perspective

In the years during and shortly after World War I, a young commercial photographer named Arthur S. Mole caught the country's patriotic zeal in "living photographs," using people to form his designs. Choreographing thousands of U.S. troops from atop a 70-foot tower, Mole created huge human mosaics: the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Shield, even a portrait of President Woodrow Wilson.

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