Iconic Depression Era NYC Photo “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” turns 80

The following “Men At Lunch” (VIDEO) trailer is from a documentary about this quintessential 1932 photograph of construction workers taking a break high above Rockefeller Center. (They are building the RCA  Building.)

Photo Attributed to Charles Ebbets

On the streets below, (in the second year of the Great Depression), unemployed men were lining up for breadlines, soup kitchens and selling apples. But these men were working–building the  skyscrapers that would define the city of the future. It’s a snapshot of gritty optimism and strength at  a time when we needed it most.


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