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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Liberty Bell

Interesting thing I learned in Philly, the word Pennsylvania is spelled wrong on the Liberty Bell, Pennsylvania is spelled with only one N, Pensylvania. One of the friendly police officers who cover the “most secure one mile of national park land in the world,” told me about it before I went to see the Bell, and I took this photo to remember and prove it. So if you ever go to Philly, you can take a look for yourself and you can tell others too.


Blogger Publius said...

Ok, I know the photo is not on here yet, but blogger photos was not working and I am going to have to try later.

Thu Aug 03, 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I can see it now, as they are making the bell, they realize that they don't have the room to put everything on it. And some supervisor says, drop the second N on Pennsylvania, no one will notice. That or the bell is right, and WE'VE been getting wrong all these years. Hmmmmm

Fri Aug 04, 05:31:00 AM  
Blogger BLieberman said...

"Also inscribed on the Bell is the quotation, "By Order of the Assembly of the Province of Pensylvania for the State House in Philada." Note that the spelling of "Pennsylvania" was not at that time universally adopted. In fact, in the original Constitution, the name of the state is also spelled "Pensylvania." If you get a chance to visit the second floor of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, take a moment to look at the original maps on the wall. They, too, have the state name spelled "Pensylvania" (and the Atlantic Ocean called by the name of that day, "The Western Ocean"). The choice of the quotation was made by Quaker Isaac Norris, speaker of the Assembly." -

Fri Aug 04, 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Guess they were using "Hooked On Phonics" back then...

Most spellings were not standardized until the mid-19th century, for anything.

Publius: I "tagged" you for a meme I posted: stop by and check it out.

You need an email link!

Fri Aug 04, 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Hey, I just thought it was funny that it was spelled wrong. I would not have known if the cop right outside the fence and building where the house the Liberty Bell had not told us and if I had not remembered and gone back to look for myself. But, considering that Pennsylvania was named after William Penn with 2 N’s, you would think the Liberty Bell would have done it correctly. And a lot of people who live in Philly don’t know it either, because I of course had to tell people about it after I saw it and I showed them the photo from my digital camera too.
Another funny thing is that originally all the East to West Streets were named after trees because the people back then couldn’t read but they knew the difference between say a Walnut and a Chestnut tree, so people would give directions like “2nd and Chestnut” and people would walk until they say Chestnut trees; the city founders or planners would only plant that particular type of tree on that street to make it easier. A few of the street names have since changed, like Market Street but that is because there eventfully were a lot of markets on that street and they changed the name accordingly. Additionally, there is no 1st Street because the Quakers did not believe anyone but God should come first so instead First Street is named Front Street.
Like I said except for the weather and semi-food poisoning, I had a good time in Philly.

Fri Aug 04, 09:52:00 PM  

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