From a distance, the Statue of Liberty is a powerful icon: A shining beacon in New York harbor, she honors one of America's longest alliances and welcomes its new citizens.
Up close, however, the landmark is looking a little rough: Streams of black tarnish run down her face like tear tracks, rivets pock her cheeks and forehead like acne scars, and the metal seams on her face poke out like poorly-sewn stitches. The windows in her crown are dull with dirt, and the years of wind and water have worn down her eyes, making them look unfocused.
In other words, Lady Liberty is showing her age...all 125 years of it.
All told, it's not surprising that the U.S. Postal Service subbed in a younger, more attractive model for its latest stamp. The Lady Liberty featured on the new USPS "Forever" stamps hails not from New York, but from New York, New York -- the Las Vegas casino.