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2020-08-09 4:26:11 PM  
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2020-08-09 4:27:45 PM  
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2020-08-09 5:14:55 PM  

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2020-08-09 5:16:37 PM  
 
2020-08-09 5:31:40 PM  
the Ebbets family found original invoices billing for his work done at the Rockefeller Centre, copies of the newspaper article found in his personal scrapbook and his original glass negatives that day on the beam adjacent to the 11 workmen.

Very cool.
 
2020-08-09 6:28:13 PM  

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2020-08-09 6:34:26 PM  

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Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo | 100 Photos | TIME
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2020-08-09 6:37:05 PM  

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You're not missing much. Unless the "real story" is that only two of the workers have been identified and it's probably known who the photographer was, TFA doesn't tell it. Or the real story is that Rare has at least one writer and one editor who don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose".
 
2020-08-09 6:41:31 PM  
Has the story changed since the last 3 or 4 times it's been posted on Fark?
 
2020-08-09 6:42:10 PM  

Hoopy Frood: GrogSmash: lindalouwho: mjjt: We appreciate your interest in our content. Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to allow international traffic or online transactions

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Nope.  Still blocked.

You're not missing much. Unless the "real story" is that only two of the workers have been identified and it's probably known who the photographer was, TFA doesn't tell it. Or the real story is that Rare has at least one writer and one editor who don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose".


The article is full of weird grammar mistakes. For example:

Initially to Lewis Hine but later the photo was credited to Charles C. Ebbets. The latter was a contract photographer who's personal records shows the photos in his personal records, office as well as documentation confirming his presence as a part of the PR for the Rockefeller Center.

Yo dawg, I heard you like personal records...

Joseph Eckner, who sits third from the left and third from the right, is Joe Curtis.

So a man named Joseph Eckner is sitting both third from the left and third from the right, and is also named Joe Curtis.

/can't help it, it's the writer in me.
 
2020-08-09 6:43:13 PM  
In the pictures, some ate lunch, others lit a cigarette....

No thanks.

....and, in one photo, in particular, some of the workers threw a football on the crossbeam for what became the iconic photograph.

Oh, HELL no!
 
2020-08-09 6:43:15 PM  
Joseph Eckner, who sits third from the left and third from the right, is Joe Curtis.

So this Joe Eckner guy not only could teleport himself mid-shot, but also had a secret identity.

/the whole article reads as if written by someone with English as their second (or third) language

The wildly recognizable Lunch Atop a Skyscraper photograph
Rockefeller Center was in its construction.
To get around, it was common for construction workers to walk along with the beans of the under-way buildings.
 
2020-08-09 6:44:03 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: Hoopy Frood: GrogSmash: lindalouwho: mjjt: We appreciate your interest in our content. Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to allow international traffic or online transactions

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Nope.  Still blocked.

You're not missing much. Unless the "real story" is that only two of the workers have been identified and it's probably known who the photographer was, TFA doesn't tell it. Or the real story is that Rare has at least one writer and one editor who don't know the difference between "who's" and "whose".

The article is full of weird grammar mistakes. For example:

Initially to Lewis Hine but later the photo was credited to Charles C. Ebbets. The latter was a contract photographer who's personal records shows the photos in his personal records, office as well as documentation confirming his presence as a part of the PR for the Rockefeller Center.

Yo dawg, I heard you like personal records...

Joseph Eckner, who sits third from the left and third from the right, is Joe Curtis.

So a man named Joseph Eckner is sitting both third from the left and third from the right, and is also named Joe Curtis.

/can't help it, it's the writer in me.


Apparently workers got around by walking on the beans of buildings under construction.
 
2020-08-09 6:44:12 PM  

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This is the entire story (It's not really a "solution to the mystery at all):
One of the biggest mysteries of Lunch Atop a Skyscraper photograph is who was on either side of the camera. Who were the men? Who was the photographer? It appeared as "uncredited" in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932. There have been a couple of misattributions in regards to the famous photograph. Initially to Lewis Hine but later the photo was credited to Charles C. Ebbets. The latter was a contract photographer who's personal records shows the photos in his personal records, office as well as documentation confirming his presence as a part of the PR for the Rockefeller Center.

The men in the image have also eluded us. To this day, only two men in the photo have been identified by family members. Joseph Eckner, who sits third from the left and third from the right, is Joe Curtis. The first man from the right appears to be a Slovak worker by the name Gustáv (Gusti) Popovič. Gustáv hailed from the village of Vyšný Slavkov in the Levoča District. The movie Men at Lunch and the National Museum of the American Indian attempt to trace the lineage of the men in the photo. Three individuals were determined to being American Indian and a few men were placed as Irish origin.
 
2020-08-09 6:45:30 PM  
TL, DR; It was a publicity photo. They figured out who the photographer was, and they've only been able to identify two men in the pic. That's it. Nothing more to see here, folks. You've just gotten the entire content of the "article".
 
2020-08-09 6:50:15 PM  
I just came to say "Proofread your shiat, Moriah Gill," though I see others have pointed that out too.
 
2020-08-09 6:52:18 PM  

Mikey1969: TL, DR; It was a publicity photo. They figured out who the photographer was, and they've only been able to identify two men in the pic. That's it. Nothing more to see here, folks. You've just gotten the entire content of the "article".


Much thanks for reading it so I didn't have to. Pro tip -- if a headline says "real story" the article is most likely dog doo-doo, otherwise there'd be more than a generic teaser head.
 
2020-08-09 7:00:29 PM  
That gives me the heebie jeebies and I am not scared of heights
 
2020-08-09 7:03:18 PM  

CaptainFatass: In the pictures, some ate lunch, others lit a cigarette....

No thanks.

....and, in one photo, in particular, some of the workers threw a football on the crossbeam for what became the iconic photograph.

Oh, HELL no!


Throwing football ... oh hai Mark
 
2020-08-09 7:03:44 PM  
I've always assumed it's "it takes 30 minutes to get to the street. let's just eat lunch here"
 
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2020-08-09 7:04:44 PM  
Came here to complain about "beans" leaving satisfied.
 
2020-08-09 7:07:59 PM  
nice looking beams ya got ther. Shame if they got melted.
 
2020-08-09 7:13:33 PM  
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2020-08-09 7:15:25 PM  
This seriously reads like A.I. generated text.
 
2020-08-09 7:16:38 PM  
Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.
 
2020-08-09 7:30:34 PM  
Thanks, subby. But didn't we all know this?
 
2020-08-09 7:30:35 PM  
"The photographer of this scene lives in a house with a net worth of their partner which will make you cry"
 
2020-08-09 7:52:29 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.


I wouldn't go out on that beam, but the pic doesn't bug me because I know back in the day, those guys could climb around like monkeys, so if they're relaxed and comfortable, I can be. Does that make sense?

I once was working on a church when I was doing construction, and there was a beam at least 6" wide, wider than my foot for sure. It was about 30 feet up, and I was fine until I looked down and thought about it. Then I had to crawl across to get back, and couldn't go out again.
 
2020-08-09 7:59:19 PM  

Mikey1969: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.

I wouldn't go out on that beam, but the pic doesn't bug me because I know back in the day, those guys could climb around like monkeys, so if they're relaxed and comfortable, I can be. Does that make sense?

I once was working on a church when I was doing construction, and there was a beam at least 6" wide, wider than my foot for sure. It was about 30 feet up, and I was fine until I looked down and thought about it. Then I had to crawl across to get back, and couldn't go out again.


I once tried walking out on the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  I made it probably 100 feet out and had to crawl back to solid ground. I was completely embarrassed, but I froze.  I am terrified of heights.
 
2020-08-09 8:04:13 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Mikey1969: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.

I wouldn't go out on that beam, but the pic doesn't bug me because I know back in the day, those guys could climb around like monkeys, so if they're relaxed and comfortable, I can be. Does that make sense?

I once was working on a church when I was doing construction, and there was a beam at least 6" wide, wider than my foot for sure. It was about 30 feet up, and I was fine until I looked down and thought about it. Then I had to crawl across to get back, and couldn't go out again.

I once tried walking out on the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  I made it probably 100 feet out and had to crawl back to solid ground. I was completely embarrassed, but I froze.  I am terrified of heights.


Really, you couldn't also include a photo?

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2020-08-09 8:15:34 PM  
OHSA SMOSHA
 
2020-08-09 8:22:02 PM  

puckrock2000: Joseph Eckner, who sits third from the left and third from the right, is Joe Curtis.

So this Joe Eckner guy not only could teleport himself mid-shot, but also had a secret identity.

/the whole article reads as if written by someone with English as their second (or third) language

The wildly recognizable Lunch Atop a Skyscraper photograph
Rockefeller Center was in its construction.
To get around, it was common for construction workers to walk along with the beans of the under-way buildings.


I'm guessing either speech-to-text, or google translate.

Only boomers got time for that micro-editing crap...
 
2020-08-09 8:55:28 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Mikey1969: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.

I wouldn't go out on that beam, but the pic doesn't bug me because I know back in the day, those guys could climb around like monkeys, so if they're relaxed and comfortable, I can be. Does that make sense?

I once was working on a church when I was doing construction, and there was a beam at least 6" wide, wider than my foot for sure. It was about 30 feet up, and I was fine until I looked down and thought about it. Then I had to crawl across to get back, and couldn't go out again.

I once tried walking out on the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  I made it probably 100 feet out and had to crawl back to solid ground. I was completely embarrassed, but I froze.  I am terrified of heights.


An entire channel about Australians dropping things from great heights must appeal to you...because if you're scared of heights, then upside down heights would be fine, right?

BOWLING BALL Vs. TRAMPOLINE from 165m Dam!
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2020-08-09 9:09:10 PM  

big pig peaches: Has the story changed since the last 3 or 4 times it's been posted on Fark?


No.  I think I've seen this on here more than 3 or 4 times
 
2020-08-09 9:16:48 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Mikey1969: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.

I wouldn't go out on that beam, but the pic doesn't bug me because I know back in the day, those guys could climb around like monkeys, so if they're relaxed and comfortable, I can be. Does that make sense?

I once was working on a church when I was doing construction, and there was a beam at least 6" wide, wider than my foot for sure. It was about 30 feet up, and I was fine until I looked down and thought about it. Then I had to crawl across to get back, and couldn't go out again.

I once tried walking out on the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  I made it probably 100 feet out and had to crawl back to solid ground. I was completely embarrassed, but I froze.  I am terrified of heights.


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2020-08-09 9:35:25 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Mikey1969: Bovine Diarrhea Virus: Real or not, every time I look at that picture, my testicles retreat into my abdomen.  I do not like heights.

I wouldn't go out on that beam, but the pic doesn't bug me because I know back in the day, those guys could climb around like monkeys, so if they're relaxed and comfortable, I can be. Does that make sense?

I once was working on a church when I was doing construction, and there was a beam at least 6" wide, wider than my foot for sure. It was about 30 feet up, and I was fine until I looked down and thought about it. Then I had to crawl across to get back, and couldn't go out again.

I once tried walking out on the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  I made it probably 100 feet out and had to crawl back to solid ground. I was completely embarrassed, but I froze.  I am terrified of heights.

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Sometimes fear can prevent you from being killed. That's the evolutionary purpose after all.

 
2020-08-09 10:07:33 PM  

Quemapueblo: [kaleidoscope.scene7.com image 600x600]


Did anyone else zoom in on this photo?
 
2020-08-09 10:15:28 PM  
I am not so much afraid of heights as I am deeply respectful of Newton's 2nd Law of Motion.
 
2020-08-09 10:24:14 PM  

eclecticman666: Quemapueblo: [kaleidoscope.scene7.com image 600x600]

Did anyone else zoom in on this photo?


There must be something about that in Jennifer Aniston's contract
 
2020-08-09 10:33:24 PM  

big pig peaches: Has the story changed since the last 3 or 4 times it's been posted on Fark?


I honestly read it and expected a revaluation, instead just a words
 
2020-08-09 11:33:24 PM  
Except we don't know the real story from that. We know it was staged; not things like whether there was something below them out of frame, how they felt about it, any discussion of safety measures.
 
2020-08-10 1:02:22 AM  
Next up, The Goonies, where are they now?
 
2020-08-10 1:02:51 AM  

Quemapueblo: eclecticman666: Quemapueblo: [kaleidoscope.scene7.com image 600x600]

Did anyone else zoom in on this photo?

There must be something about that in Jennifer Aniston's contract


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