"Imperfectly molded, with a surface like soft putty."
But I didn't touch the Liberty Bell today, nobody did. It would destroy the metal; the reason for this had something to do with chemistry, the oil in fingerprints.
I just remember looking at the surface of the Bell and seeing that it didn't have the smoothness of stainless steel. It was a little lumpy, a little melted-looking. Of course, it reminded me of putty - but I know that's a terrible description, inaccurate, and the Bell doesn't droop like putty, does it?
I think about the US Postal Service a lot. This doesn't seem like it has anything to do with the Liberty Bell, but it does. There are stamps in a drawer, somewhere in my house, and they're decorated with pictures of the Bell. I fear for the Postal Service even though I hardly mail letters nowadays. They've become sepa-tinted, pleasantly nostalgic...
P.S. He (or she) who understands all that deserves some kind of prize.