Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Housecleaning in the sky, by Jack Manning for The New York Times (1962)

“Housecleaning in the sky,” read the headline on a September 1962 photo spread in The New York Times. That year, for the first time in 31 years, the Empire State Building received “a top-to-toe going over” — a task that took 5 months. So who, exactly, would volunteer to paint and scrub so high up in a towering city? “Men who do not bobble at heights,” a caption explained, “as these pictures clearly show.” It seems The New York Times photographer Jack Manning wasn’t one to bobble at heights either: He took this photo of one man a work from the 86th floor, the observation deck. — The New York Times archives on Instagram

2 comments:

joseph said...

Un "vrai" indien dans la ville!

another country said...

Je crois savoir que de nombreux Amérindiens originaires d'une (ou plusieurs) tribu(s) particulière(s) ont été recrutés pour participer à la construction des gratte-ciel des grandes villes américaines car ils ne souffrent pas du vertige. Je doute que ce soit une légende car je l'ai lu à plusieurs reprises -- mais on ne sait jamais.