10. All Rockefeller Center tour guides were once women

Rockefeller Summer Flag project 2020
The Flag Project at Rockefeller Center features 81 winning photographs produced as flags. Courtesy of Tishman Speyer.

Rockefeller Center tour guides are immortalized by Kenneth Parcell, the beloved page in Tina Fey’s hit sitcom 30 Rock. Pages like Kenneth have guided tourists and natives alike through NBC studios in the GE Building for almost 80 years. But the pages were not always men.

During World War II, the draft stripped Rockefeller Center of the majority of its trusted tour guides. However, the demand for tours did not go away. In fact, they were an escape from the grim reality much of the world faced during that time period. As a result, Rockefeller Center turned to women to fill in. Bringing guests through Rockefeller’s “city within a city,” these women provided solace in a time of sadness.

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