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Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The True Story Behind The Iconic Photo

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Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The True Story Behind The Iconic Photo

It is one of the most iconic pictures in history - but no one really knows the story behind!

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper shows a group of New York construction workers casually taking a lunch break whilst they sit on a beam highly suspended in the air.

The picture was taken on 20 September 1932 and became a popular poster print over the years. A bunch of workers taking their lunch break with a stunning view over Manhattan. But the story remained quite controversial.

What exactly was the story behind the picture?

A random, impromptu moment, innocently captured on an autumn day? Not quite sure. Some archivists say that the shot was meticulously planned as part of a publicity stunt…

As for the location in Manhatten, there is also a misunderstanding. People think that the workers are sitting on a beam at the Empire State Building in Manhattan. Which turns out incorrect as the workers are actually perched 840ft above the ground during the construction of the Rockefeller Center.

The photo was actually planned and taken by professional photographers with real workers as role models, deliberately posing for the promotion of the construction of the Rockefeller Center, a new Skyscraper in Manhatten.

There is always a truth behind a photo!


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