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“Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper” shows construction workers eating lunch 840-feet above ground on break from building what is now the GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Photographer Charles C. Ebbets snapped the photo on September 20, 1932, as work on building progressed to its final stages – the 69th of 70 floors.
We are going to show you some rare historical photos from the past to bring alternative proofs of modern history. From the most incredible inventions to the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy this rare but interesting travel to the past. Eiffel Tower construction July 1, 1887 and completed on April 15, 1889. This photo shows its 1988 progress, after completion of its first floor.
The First Passengers Using The Brand New Subway System Of New York City in 1904. On October 27, 1904, New York City’s mayor, George McClellan, opened the now famed New York City subway system at 2:35 pm. He drove the first passengers, who paid ¢5 to ride the city’s underground transit system that then covered 9.1 miles of track through 28 stations.
The now defunct Ringling Brothers Circus arrived by rail in the Bronx on April 1, 1963. Children watched as one of circus’ massive elephants stepped off the transport car.
Famed actor and singer Frank Sinatra steps off a helicopter in 1964 with a drink in hand. Sinatra drank a bottle of whiskey a day and is considered a functional alcoholic by medical experts. In the weeks leading up to recording an album, he’d eschew both alcohol and cigarettes to prepare his voice for work, then return to regular consumption after the project wrapped.
This shot of the Las Vegas Strip in 1968 shows the famous Stardust Casino and Hotel, a major money maker for the American mafia since its inception in 1958. At the time of its construction, the Stardust, was the largest casino and hotel in the city with 1,000 hotel rooms and a vast 16,000-square-feet casino. The story of the Stardust provided the topic of the film “Casino,” starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, James Woods.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, Sr. took a break from work to clown around with his eldest child, Caroline. His daughter looks a bit different wearing a Halloween mask of her dad’s face.
Far from a normal winter scene in New York City, the storm depicted is the Great New York Blizzard of 1947 which buried rather than blanketed the city. The snow began at 3:20 am and laid three inches on the ground by the time residents headed to work. The forecasted flurries turned into the biggest NYC blizzard up to the time – 25.8 inches during a 24-hour period that stalled vehicles in the street.
Blonde bombshell Carol Wayne made a career out of appearing on The Tonight Show. She performed in over 100 skits often as a ditzy blonde the was frequently the butt of Johnny Carson’s inappropriate jokes and innuendos.
This iconic photo was taken when actress Joan Bradshaw was only 17 as she walked her dog down Hollywood Boulevard. Joan went on to enter many beauty pageants eventually winning Miss Texas USA in 1953 and becoming an iconic pinup girl.
The American car manufacturer Chevrolet produced many iconic vehicles in 1958, including the Bel Air and Impala, which it introduced that year. The Impala continues in production today, having become a classic of the US motor industry.
American businessman and aeronautical pioneer Howard Hughes poses with his airplane the H-1 racer. He piloted it in 1935 to set the then world record speed for landplanes – 352.388 miles per hour.
The oldest still operating McDonald’s restaurant opened on August 18, 1953. Located at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard, Downey, CA, it still serves customers the iconic hamburgers that started the fast food industry and franchise restaurants.
In 1959, the Architect of the Capitol undertook efforts to restore the US Capitol’s dome, constructed largely of iron. Its exterior paint was sandblasted off, then a rust-proofing substance applied before it received its new paint.
During World War II, Germany regularly bombed England, including its capital, London. Called “The Blitz,” Londoners sought shelter from the barrage of V1 flying bombs and V2 flying rockets in the city’s subway stations. The government eventually converted the Aldwych station to a permanent shelter, adding bunk beds and toileting facilities.
In 1935, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was halfway finished with brave construction workers working above a net suspended over the water to catch them if they fell. The net saved 19 workers, members of the “Halfway to Hell” club, during construction of the second longest suspension bridge. (The longest is the Verrazano Narrows Bridge constructed in 1964.)
New York City residents sit on streets littered with celebration remnants after celebrating the end of World War II. On August 14, 1945, the 15,000 lightbulbs on the Times Tower zipper sign spelled out “Official – Truman announces Japanese surrender.” and the city erupted in celebration.
On September 3, 1967, the country of Sweden switched its traffic laws and driving direction. Called Dagen H, the day marked the day the country switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to driving on the right-hand side of the road.
Johnny Cash Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Smuggling In Texas, 1965. “The Man in Black,” musician Johnny Cash, also moved a little weight in his time. US narcotics officials raided his plane when he returned from touring Mexico, expecting to find heroin, but instead unearthing a massive stash of amphetamines and sedatives the musician hid in his guitar case. Cash had enough drugs to fill a legal prescription for a year or more.
Aerial View Of The Construction Of The Opera House In Sydney, 1966. The iconic Sydney Opera House took 16 years to construct, from 1957 to 1973. Its construction cost 15 times more than initially budgeted, angering Australian citizens.
Painters On The Brooklyn Bridge, 1914. The photo “Brooklyn Bridge showing painters on suspenders” was snapped by a Department of Plant and Structures employee, Eugene de Salignac. He photographed many city construction and improvement projects in his 28 years with New York City, but his photographic eye went unnoticed until 2007 when de Salignac was honored with a show of his work – 65 years after his death.