Look Twice

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Lunch atop a Skyscraper [New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam] is a famous black-and-white photograph taken by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA Building [renamed as the GE Building in 1986] at Rockefeller Center in New York City, United States.

The photograph depicts eleven men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932 on the 69th floor of the RCA Building during the last months of construction, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2 in its Sunday photo supplement.

When you’re wondering why you have to look twice… “Sierra Sam” was the first crash test dummy in 1949, and was then only used for testing planes. From 1971 GM used dummies to test their cars. Read more about them here.

4 thoughts on “Look Twice

  1. It’s very cool. I seem to recall an old black and white NYC photo like this but what’s the story behind this one? m.

  2. Hi Did you make the image the new version of the image. Im making a documentary on the image and would love to use it. Seán

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