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850 feet above the ground: Lunch atop a Skyscraper in 1932

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 March 2024, 11:54 IST
Lunch atop a Skyscraper in 1932 (Wikipedia)

This black-and-white photograph was captured on September 20, 1932. The picture shows 11 ironworkers sitting 850 feet above the ground on a steel beam.

This picture was taken during the construction of the RCA Building in Manhattan, New York City. According to reports, it was arranged as a publicity stunt, part of a campaign promoting the skyscraper.

The identity of the actual photographer is not known. However, the image is often misattributed to Lewis Hine.

According to Wikipedia, the photograph was first published in the Sunday supplement of the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932, with the caption: "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper".

The original negative of the photograph was made of glass, which had broken into five pieces.

It is stored in a humidity and temperature-controlled preservation facility at the Iron Mountain storage facility in Pennsylvania.


First published: 28 March 2024, 11:53 IST