7. The Most Famous American Vintage Skyscraper Photo in History was Taken Atop 30 Rock

Credit Information: 1932 registration: New York herald tribune. Daily, fol. © N. Y. tribune, inc. 6102-6192 v. 91, no. 31093, © Jan. 1, 1932 (B 138766) to v. 91, no. 31182, © Mar. 31 (B 15000S)

You know this photograph. It has been copied and parodied hundreds of times throughout history, so often that it stands among the ranks of Salvadore Dali’s ‘Persistence of Memory’ and and the stern-faced, pitchfork-wielding couple of ‘American Gothic.’ This photograph, ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, was taken in 1932 on the 69th floor of the RCA building, now the GE Building, otherwise known as 30 Rock. On another note, it is believed, through archival records, that though the men pictured were real construction works, the photo was in fact staged by Rockefeller Center and published in The New York Herald Tribune to promote the brand new skyscraper.