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.
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.
The team showed quite a spirit and was able to complete the building within 410 days.
Check out how unsafe the working environment was; workers are traversing the steel beams without using harnesses.
Open air lunch?
Yes, that is exactly how they slept!
You can see New York City in the background and this puts a perspective of height into the order.
Workers worked without making use of any safety equipment. Passion or lack of funds?
Back in the days it was more about the hard work instead of the technology.
How did they fight the fear?
The building was completed 3 months early and in less than anticipated budget as well.
Respect the workers for their effort!