Thursday, November 15, 2018

25 Death-Defying Photos of People Working High in the Air From the Past

An American construction worker walking blindfolded on a construction girder twenty stories high in New York City. 20th November 1925.



A steel construction worker crosses a steel girder with a foothold of a mere 1.75 inches. 1955



A stonemason at work on the south face of Canterbury Cathedrals Bell Harry Tower. 1964



 A scaffolder making his way across a steel girder 70 feet above the ground. 1955



Two waiters serve two steel workers lunch, on a girder high above New York City, 14th November 1930. The building upon which they are perched is the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, under construction by Thompson-Starrett. The building in the bottom left is the New York Central Building, later the Helmsley Building.



A workman takes a siesta on a girder during the building of Radio City, the city of New York spread out below. 1933



Workmen painting girders beneath the roof of Liverpool Street Station, London. August 1935.



A riveter carrying out repairs to the main girders of the Blackpool Tower in preparation for the coming holiday season. 1937



Two men working on a girder in Blackpool Tower. 1933



Two workmen walking along a girder during the building of the Freemasons Hospital, Ravenscourt Park, London are silhouetted against the sky. 1932



A construction worker crouches over the end of a girder high above the streets of New York. 1930



A workman renovating the Gothic spires of the cathedral of St Peters in York Minster. 1931



Daily Express newspaper photographer Terry Fincher on a parachuting exercise. 1965



English comedienne and singer Gracie Fields (Grace Stansfield, 1898–1979) singing to workmen at Londons Prince of Wales Theatre after laying its foundation stone. 1937



A steel worker balances on a girder during the construction of the Empire State Building in New York City. The Chrysler Building can be seen in the background. 1931 



Men at work on Battersea Power Station walking along a narrow girder with trains and the gasometer in the background. 1951



New West Towers being finished at Selby Abbey in Yorkshire. 1935



Workmen from the Office of Works perch 70 feet above the ground to clean the horses heads of the quadriga statue on the Wellington Memorial at Londons Hyde Park Corner. 1958



Workmen demolishing the walls of a bomb wrecked building, whilst below them work has started on the foundations for a new office block. 1954



Constructions workers sitting on a hoisting ball above the New York city skyline.  The Singer Building is in the background. 1925



Workmen on scaffolding at the top of the spire of St Johns church in Cardiff, where they are carrying out repairs. 1937



A man does a handstand on a girder high above a street in London. 1966



A steeplejack painting the flagstaff on Australia House, London, with St Clements Dane Church behind him. 1934



Harmonica playing steel workers perched on a girder on the 22nd storey of the Murray Hill building, New York. 1930



The eleventh most dangerous occupation in America is that of the rivet tosser. Insurance companies will not issue life or accident insurance cover to these people in 1950.







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