Pop Culture Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

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Lunch Atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) is a famous photograph taken in 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA Building (renamed as the GE Building in 1986) at Rockefeller Center. The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2.

Lunch Atop A Skyscraper 09 300x237Taken on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the last several months of construction, the photograph Men Asleep on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam. The copyright owner of the photograph, the Bettman Archive, did not recognize Charles C. Ebbets as the photographer until October 2003 (reportedly after months of investigation by a private investigation firm). However, authorship of the photograph, popular as a poster, was listed as ‘Unknown’ on many prints.

Surely we’ve all seen this print. However today we’re going to explore something a bit different; what happens when a famous piece of art is adopted by pop-culture. Much like Pop Culture Last Supper, we present to you, the Pop Culture Lunch atop a Skyscraper. See if you can figure out what each of these versions depicts.

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