Monday, 5 September 2011

Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper


Author: Charles C. Ebbets
Picture date: September 29, 1932
Published: New York Herald Tribune, October 2, 1932

This famous picture depicts eleven workers eating lunch and seating on a girder above New York City streets. Photo is very spectacular as men are sitting without any safety protections very high above city landscape. This dizzying picture shows courage of men working on construction sites.

Photograph was taken on 69th floor of the RCA building, which was later renamed as GE Building, during its last months of construction. Author of the picture was unknown for many decades until 2003 after months of investigation. Identities of most workers were provided by their descendants or relatives. Mr. Ebbets took a similar picture named Men Asleep on a Girder.

Picture became one of the most famous posters of the world and shows the spirit of risk-taking New York builders and their bravery.

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