Lunch Atop a Skyscraper: Iconic American photo is 80 years old – Telegraph
Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, one of the most recognisable photographs of the 20th century, celebrates its 80th anniversary today.
The image depicts 11 construction workers casually enjoying lunch while perched on a girder 69 floors above the streets of Manhattan. Taken on September 20, 1932, the shot captures the spirit of New York like no other. At this time, one in of every four New Yorkers was unemployed as the city plunged into financial crisis during the Great Depression. Despite this huge-scale construction projects, begun during the boom years of the 1920s, were finally nearing completion.
The world-famous black-and-white photograph was taken during the construction of the RCA Building (later renamed the GE Building in 1986), which forms part of the Rockefeller Centre. Captured by photographer Charles C. Ebbets, the image first appeared in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932 and has grown in popularity ever since.