Marble statue of Columbus standing with his proper left leg forward in front of a low wall.
On the backside of the pedestal:
THE ITALIAN RESIDENTS
OF NEW LONDON
OCT. 12, 1928.
The statue was a gift to the City of New London by Italian-American residents, organized for this purpose as the Columbus Statue Fund. It stands at Tyler Square, in what for decades was the geographic heart of the Italian-American community. The dedication ceremony was scheduled to corresponded with the 436th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America.
In the background you see on both photos a modern car. The 1930s postcard has a T-Ford, the 2001 a Mercury Grand Marquis with an Ohio license plate, which was my transport during my stay in New England.
This monument on postcards
- Armand Battelli (d. 1954), American sculptor.
Sources & Information
- Postcard, sent in 1936; author's collection.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information system).
Location N 41°21'1" W 72°6'3"
Item Code: usct04;
Added: 20 October 2001
/ Photograph: 20 October 2001
/ Updated: 20 November 2010
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