Window Cleaners Pose For Photo “On The Job” (Sep, 1938)

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Window Cleaners Pose For Photo “On The Job”

The unusual photograph above shows a group of men working at what is considered by many as one of the most hazardous occupations—cleaning the windows of a “skyscraper” building. The photograph was taken from the 86th floor of the 102-story Empire State Building in New York, N. Y. As can be seen from the photo, the window cleaners trust their lives to stout leather belts which pass through rings in a leather girdle strapped around their bodies, the hooked ends of the belts being attached to metal lugs protruding from the window frames.

3 comments
  1. Chris says: September 25, 20075:13 am

    This photo is not from the 86th floor Observation deck. I would say around the 80 floor or 81st floor setback roof. You can not look directly down from the 86th floor Observatory without seeing the 85th floor setback and the 81st floor setback from this angle taken. Sorry to disappoint the writer of the book.

  2. Joel Foss says: October 28, 200810:46 pm

    The anchors on either side of the window, used to connect the terminals of the window-cleaning belt, are still visible on most older buildings built before mechanical ventilation. Look outside a double-hung window on a commercial building, and you will see them- they may be painted over, but they will be there. They are most often a small raised knob- or a pair of knobs- on a plate attached to the masonry, or to the metal mullions around the window, about midway up the sides of the windows.

  3. Nikkofly says: April 3, 20093:24 am

    Acrophobiacs need not apply!

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