“Lunch Atop A Skyscaper” – so many questions …

You know this iconic photograph.

We know it was taken 840 feet (260 meters) above the streets of New York City during the building of the Rockefeller Centre – a building I have visited a couple of times – on 20 September 1932.

But who took the picture? It was credited to Charles C. Ebbets in 2003, but there are at least three other candidates.

And who are those guys? We only know for sure two names of the 11 men: Joseph Eckner, third from the left, and Joe Curtis, third from the right.

This evening, I watched a PBS documentary that tried to answer these questions – speculating about two more of the 11 men in particular – and explored the importance of the image.


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