Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo

We don\'t know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 800 feet up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan\'s vertical expansion.

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+4 1. buckleg08 commented 163 days ago

my palms went sweaty and my balls receded just watching what these guys were doing without any safety harness...:O
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+3 2. cameramaster commented 163 days ago

There is a story / rumour / urban legend that one of those men...is actually a woman!

Although the photo it is commonly credited to photographer Charles C Ebbets, information which was uncovered by a private investigation firm in 2003, Corbis say that after it emerged that there were multiple photographers at the shoot, they are no longer certain Mr Ebbets took it. The iconic image has frequently been wrongly attributed to Lewis Hine, who was famous for documenting the rise of the Empire State Building in 1931

There is also a second photo ( and an article from the Daily mail ) here.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206050/The-picture-proves-iconic-photograph-workers-eating-lunch-Rockefeller-beam-publicity-stunt.html
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+2 3. Judge-Jake commented 162 days ago

Exactly no men died building the tower. :x
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0 4. b0b- commented 162 days ago

Damn Patriarchy
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+1 5. snotrfan89 commented 161 days ago

They all would have been stars if there was Instagram back then.
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+1 6. Dennis53 commented 160 days ago

#1 Mine too.... ugh!

#3 I read that 5 men died during the building of the Empire State Building.
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-1 7. alfie6 commented 151 days ago

My palms went sweaty watching this...
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0 8. Natan_el_Tigre commented 150 days ago

This reminded me of the following History Channel series: https://www.history.com/shows/men-who-built-america (i)