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Incredible Pictures Formed by Thousands of US Soldiers

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Astounding photographs taken by photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas. These photos display tens of thousands of American soldiers posing as symbols of American history.

  • robot_makes_music

    A who says the government can't do anything good? Where's the private contractors doin this, huh?

  • As an American, I kind of find this terrifying? I hope we're not capable of this anymore…

  • Excellent collection! I have that pic from the Hawaiian Division since a great-great uncle of mine served in that unit and is in that pic (somewhere). Thanks for this!

  • Samtagious

    Spectacular.

  • Samtagious

    Spectacular.

  • name goes here

    great stuff but , really ? did they had THAT much free time on there hands ?!

  • jillmarie22

    This is incredible! I had never heard of this…and I love the idea!

  • rogerevans

    Wonderful to see and get more understanding our troops no matter the year for we all support our county that are in the services of our country.

  • jamiliya13

    woa. I guess this is what troops were doing during their downtime before they started smoking pot and listening to rock and roll?

  • Wow!

  • G Eagle Esq

    I flatter myself that I agree with that distinguished Lady the Nurse Myra on so many things …. aprt of course on whether Christianity would be advanced by bulldozing Lichfield Cathedral in order to provide a Bronwfiled Ste for Social Housing

    BUT I have to confess that this Eagle struggles to better her most apposite observation :

    WoW

  • GJGanucheau

    In the age of computer generated images, Its truly astounding to think of the vision, patience and dicipline needed to accomplish these compositions. Little wonder they chose soldiers for thier preferred medium. I also a torn thinking how far we have fallen from such a noble hearted age. Faults and all, we knew we were the greatest nation on earth and were proud of that fact.

  • gareththomasnz

    man they took perspective into account – they must have been standing in a weird shape

  • Meh

    Right there… forming the puma is the Students and Faculty of The University of Pittsburgh…. Do try to keep up.

  • robot_makes_music

    Not exactly private contractors.

  • Your tax dollars hard at work.

  • De Man

    Wow; this must have been a complete pain in the ass for them. Bet it took them hours to get it jjjuust right.

  • Mel

    Waste of money? Too much free time? Calm down. Heaven forbid our troops take a little time out from defending our country to do something fun and to show a little pride. Shame on them for building morale!

    Awesome pics, thank you for sharing!

  • Mel

    Waste of money? Too much free time? Calm down. Heaven forbid our troops take a little time out from defending our country to do something fun and to show a little pride. Shame on them for building morale!

    Awesome pics, thank you for sharing!

  • iknoweverything

    this isn't fuckin real. you gotta be kidding me.

  • Lumberjack_Abe

    You have got that right.

  • pfc

    google 2id living patch, rolled out at 430 got there at 630 to cold rain, stood around as people talked and pointed and shouted for 4 hours, then they took a picture. 5000 soldiers

  • fbarryeagan

    Woodrow Wilson gives me a Woodrow. Fart.

  • Royal Air Force Veteran

    “we knew we were the Greatest nation on earth” – Conceited much? Most people love their country, but to portray an self appreciating opinion as a fact is just a tad arrogant.

    There are many other countries in this world that have achieved more in their millenia of progression than a collection of states have in their few hundred year. (I don't necessarily mean my own either).

    Please don't misinterpret my response, I do not dislike the US, in fact I believe it to be a fantastic nation and enjoy visiting often. However I have universal disdain for those who proclaim themselves better than others especially when said proclamations are based on obvious falsehoods.

    Back on point though, the photographs are very impressive and the artist has a lot of talent. All involved have done a wonderful job.

  • It is very nice. Fantastic!. How to create it. Amazing.

  • faqu

    too bad americans are shit whores

  • these pictures are retouched…maybe the first 50 or 60 rows are a real
    but still amusing

  • joenard

    I'll have to consider the inconsequential source of this useless comment.

  • joenard

    I'll have to consider the inconsequential source of this useless comment.

  • Where on earth did you dig these pics up from? Are they on display somewhere?

  • thisguy7

    what a waste of money

  • Chains

    Retouched? The Liberty Bell photo is displayed inside the Liberty Bell museum. I've been there. Christ, people need to find a new way of feeling clever.

  • Your way of addressing a full country and segregating them as inferior to the rest of the world is something very shit-whorish of you to say.

  • thoney

    Grampa's good old days.:)

  • jon

    looks sooooo photoshopped

  • jon

    looks sooooo photoshopped

  • butch

    your an idiot

  • butch

    your an idiot

  • jandl

    05/31/10 – Per CBS's Sunday Morning program there is a book of a collection of such photographs called, Painting with People the Photography of Arthur S. Mole, By Eric T. Mole… and thats all I could find so far.
    Anyone know where one might find it?
    Thanks
    And as for the rest of you – it's art.
    Apparently you didn't like it, – move on.
    I doubt there was any underhanded political agenda in mind when the photos were taken other than patriotism.
    Yes the artist retouched the negative in his shop to remove superfluous shadows & equipment and to help clarify the shape call it early photo shop, thus the name.
    Yes he used U.S. service men and women and as such they could have been asked to stand any where, at any time, and typically it's between us and a threat. I thank them for that.
    Waste of money? It wasn't yours unless you were born before 1918 and actually contributed something to society by then.

  • Jandi- I agree with you totally. I've been searching and unable to find it. Did you have any luck?

  • jandl

    Not confirmed but this is what I found after nearly giving up and then turning the search over to my daughter.
    She said she found that the book was actually printed and published by a museum with the the authority of it's curator. The curator died within the last year or so and as happens priorities and the publishing seems to have been stopped. I don't think there is any ISBN number but one was given as a gift to the Library of Congress.
    I got involved with other things and put this pursuit on hold however your response has reminded me and I will probably re-acquire the info from my daughter and try to contact the museum to see if any are available or perhaps suggest they could print again in the hopes of collecting some much needed funds in this current economics hard times.
    I will leave additional info here as it develops.
    Thank You

  • jandl

    Not confirmed but this is what I found after nearly giving up and then turning the search over to my daughter.
    She said she found that the book was actually printed and published by a museum with the the authority of it's curator. The curator died within the last year or so and as happens priorities and the publishing seems to have been stopped. I don't think there is any ISBN number but one was given as a gift to the Library of Congress.
    I got involved with other things and put this pursuit on hold however your response has reminded me and I will probably re-acquire the info from my daughter and try to contact the museum to see if any are available or perhaps suggest they could print again in the hopes of collecting some much needed funds in this current economics hard times.
    I will leave additional info here as it develops.
    Thank You

  • its showing that in today's scenario how people is creative.its awesome good going man

  • Catbutt

    “You're” … as in “You are an idiot.”. “You're an idiot.” … not “your an idiot”.

  • Tim

    I guess it shows how much cool stuff you can do when you cooperate.

  • Der

    google the photographers…

  • is this what we do overseas?

  • RiggyMoo2

    Dude that is like way cool.

    http://www.anon-surfing.at.tc

  • Guest

    I'll digg this when people start digging Nazi soldier formations. Too much hypocrisy right now.

  • God

    WTF are you talking about? Are you retarded?