Even more remarkably the steelwork went up in just six months in the summer of 1929 at an average rate of four floors a week. The iconic photograph lunch atop a skyscraper has become synonymous with 1930s new york city.
The photo features 11 construction workers casually having lunch while dangling 850 feet above the big apple but few know the remarkable story behind the snapshot.
Skyscraper construction worker 1930s. Al smith gets 50 000 new york job will be head of company to build world s largest hotel. In spite of their numbers they have not caught the attention of historians and have been the subject of few publications. The 1930s were marked by a sharp increase in major construction work 1 but paradoxically we do not know much about the building workers.
It s both fascinating and chilling to see these workers go about their trades so nonchalantly with literal thousand foot drops on either side. Construction workers on the chrysler building 1929 1930 shares footage captured during the building of the iconic building. The skyscraper construction of the empire state building 1929 1930 carbondale free press carbondale illinois august 30 1929.
During the early era of skyscraper construction it was said that one worker died for every 1million spent on the building five men died during the 1929 to 1931 construction of the empire state. It is not only a question of better understanding of an important section of the working class. New york city s chrysler building one of the city s most iconic skyscrapers was built in a remarkably short time foundation work began in november 1928 and the building officially opened in may 1930.
The photograph depicts eleven men eating lunch seated on a girder with their feet dangling 256 meters 840 feet above the new york city streets. The famous photo of the new york construction workers lunching on a crossbeam was taken during construction of the rca building at 30 rockefeller center in manhattan new york city.