History Behind the "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" Photograph

Part of Time's 100 Most Influential Photos of all Time


Thu, Dec 22nd, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

As part of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Photos of All Time, Rockfeller Centre Historian Christine Roussel explores the history behind the famous Lunch Atop a Skyscraper photograph.

It’s the most perilous yet playful lunch break ever captured: 11 men casually eating, chatting and sneaking a smoke as if they weren’t 840 feet above Manhattan with nothing but a thin beam keeping them aloft. That comfort is real; the men are among the construction workers who helped build Rockefeller Center. But the picture, taken on the 69th floor of the flagship RCA Building (now the GE Building), was staged as part of a promotional campaign for the massive skyscraper complex.

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