Old Man of The Mountain

New Hampshire State Emblem

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Old Man of the Mountain before and after the collapse

A composite image of The Old Man of the Mountain before and after the collapse on May 3, 2003 (public domain image on Wikipedia).

Old Man of The Mountain

New Hampshire's official state emblem is the world-famous "Old Man of the Mountain" - adopted in 1945 (along with the New Hampshire state motto: "Live Free or Die") as World war II approached its end.

The Old Man of the Mountain appears on the New Hampshire quarter and is also the title of one of New Hampshire's state songs. Sadly, the old man fell off the mountain on May 3, 2003 (in Franconia Notch State Park, NH).

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Images

U.S. postage stamp issued in 1955; public domain image on Wikipedia.

U.S. postage stamp issued in 1955

Old Man of the Mountain on April 26, 2003 (seven days before the collapse); public domain image on Wikipedia.

Old Man of the Mountain

Old Man of the Mountain (Franconia Notch State Park, NH) photographed on April 13, 2003 (the old man fell off the mountain on May 3, 2003); photo by robdebsgreen on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Old Man of the Mountain

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for New Hampshire features the Old Man of the Mountain (the state emblem) and New Hampshire's state motto: "Live Free or Die." New Hampshire became the 9th state in 1788 (public domain image on Wikipedia).

New Hampshire quarter