UK Roller Coaster Workers Recreate Iconic ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ Photo from 1932

March 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


The photo above probably looks very familiar to you. Steel workers, eating lunch, sitting up very high in the air… rings a bell doesn’t it? If you still haven’t figured it out, the image above is a tongue-in-cheek recreation of the iconic 1932 photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” by Charles C. Ebbets.

The photo was created almost a year ago by the steelworkers busy at work putting together the roller coaster “The Smiler” at the Alton Towers amusement park in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Taken right after the final piece of track was installed, the workers lined up and posed just like the original photo below:

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Of course, there is one significant difference between the two: the NYC steelworkers photo is so famous in part because none of them are wearing any safety harnesses. The Alton Towers crew decided that wasn’t such a good idea.

(via Gizmodo)

P.S. For the roller coaster enthusiasts in the audience, you might like to know that The Smiler holds the world record for the most track inversions (14 total) of any coaster.

Image credits: Photographs by Alton Towers and Charles C. Ebbets.


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