It isn’t often, something makes you stop and take a deep breath and think….wow.

September 29, 2012 by Mitch de Vries

The Story of the Icon

Tags: WorkwearPhotographyDocumentary1930'sIron RangersNew York

Some of you might know the incredible photograph known as the "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper", where some eleven iron rangers dressed up in proper workwear are enjoying their lunch on a construction beam. The picture will celebrate it's 80th birthday in a couple of days, having been published in the New York Herald Tribune on the 2nd of October 1932. There's a lot of mystery about this picture, since it was published anonymously and, more important, the identities of the daredevils on the picture are unknown. Some of the few facts known are that these steelworkers were busy constructing the 30 Rock building in New York, and that the photograph was taken from the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Centre.

Irish director Sean Ó Cualáin recently did an attempt to solve the mystery behind the picture and made a documentary on these unknown heroes with leather boots dangling some 260 meters above ground. "Men At Lunch" premiered at the last edition of Toronto's International Film Festival and will hopefully soon hit some theaters here in Amsterdam as well. For now please enjoy the already fascinating trailer.

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