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How The Empire State Building Was Constructed In 1931? These Cool Pictures Reveal


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The pictures below were made available by the New York Public Library and showcase the wonderful work done by photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940). The photos were taken while the Empire State Building was being constructed. The pictures give us a look into the past by showing us how these buildings were constructed.

12. The Courageous Workers.Empire State Building Construction

Check out the construction of Empire State Building that offers 102 floors and a roof height of 1,250ft. These are the people who complete the building without worrying about the safety.

11. The Fearless Team WorkEmpire State Building Construction 2

The team showed quite a spirit and was able to complete the building within 410 days.


10. No Much SafetyEmpire State Building Construction 3

Check out how unsafe the working environment was; workers are traversing the steel beams without using harnesses.

9. The Lunch TimeEmpire State Building Construction 4

Open air lunch?

8. Nap TimeEmpire State Building Construction 5

Yes, that is exactly how they slept!

7. Dizzying heightsEmpire State Building Construction 6

You can see New York City in the background and this puts a perspective of height into the order.

6. No Safety Equipment’s To Prevent FallingEmpire State Building Construction 7

Workers worked without making use of any safety equipment. Passion or lack of funds?

5. Less Technology, More Hard WorkEmpire State Building Construction 8

Back in the days it was more about the hard work instead of the technology.

4. Self BeliefEmpire State Building Construction 9

How did they fight the fear?

3. Way Of TransportEmpire State Building Construction 10


2. DedicationEmpire State Building Construction 11

The building was completed 3 months early and in less than anticipated budget as well.

1. The ResultEmpire State Building Construction 12

Respect the workers for their effort!


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