Monday, March 16, 2009

Vintage photographs of New York from the archives of the Life magazine

As I was browsing through the archives of the Life magazine I came across these great 1030s New York photographs of the construction of the Rockfeller Centre and the Empire State building.

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The Photographer- Charles C. Ebbets

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Rockefeller Center Construction: New York.

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This 1932 photo by fearless photographer Charles C. Ebbets shows workmen eating lunch on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the construction of Rockefeller Center. The photo was originally published in the New York Herald Tribune. Notice that the worker on the far right is holding what looks like a liquor flask. I guess it gets chilly up there.

In additions to his daring work as a photographer, Ebbets worked as a pilot, a race car driver, and a professional wrestler.

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Construction: Empire State Building 1930
Chrysler Building in background (Deco spire on right).Photo by Lewis Hine

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Sleeping Above Manhattan

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Relaxing Above Manhattan

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4 comments:

  1. The Picture of the workmen eating lunch is also from Lewis Hine and not from Charles C. Ebbets !!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. The photo of eleven men eating lunch is by Charles Ebbets.

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  3. very good photos

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  4. The workmen eating lunch IS by Charles C. Ebbets. See their website at EbbetsPhoto-graphics.com

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