On Tuesday August 4, 1903 Edith Vail Ross had her usual voice lessons in the studio of Mr. Desci and practice time until three o’clock in the afternoon when her friends Miss Clarke and Miss McKay stopped
by and grabbed her for an afternoon adventure to the Statue of Liberty. “It was a pretty sail and very interesting. The statue is truly a wonderful huge thing. Had never been near it. We climbed clear up into her crown and it was a fierce climb but we had a good time.“, she wrote home to her parents in Rutland, Vermont.
“Fierce” climb I am sure it was considering how she might have been dressed for the afternoon! Here are some examples of women’s fashion in 1903 and such styles could not have assisted in the 350+ steps to the top.
In 1903 when Edith visited this landmark it was just 17 years old having been completed in 1886.
Here is some film footage from 1903 taken in the New York Harbor – perhaps her view to the Statue was somewhat similar.