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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

Exactly no men died building the tower. :x
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0 4. b0b- commented 3 years ago

Damn Patriarchy
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+1 5. snotrfan89 commented 3 years ago

They all would have been stars if there was Instagram back then.
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+1 6. Dennis53 commented 3 years 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 3 years ago

My palms went sweaty watching this...
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0 8. Natan_el_Tigre commented 3 years ago

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