Rare Vintage Film in Color Shows Workers Assembling Chrysler Building's Iconic Metal Eagles

These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers
These Men Risked Their Lives to Build 1920s New York Skyscrapers
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For ten months after it was completed in early 1930, the Chrysler Building in Midtown Manhattan was the tallest in the world. In this fantastic vintage film from the Smithsonian's America in Color: the 1920s documentary, see how construction workers risked all to install the famous metal eagles and top of the iconic building, in color.

The skyscrapers of Manhattan needed a new, bolder type of construction worker. They got them in 'roughnecks' - hardened men who worked without safety harnesses, hard hats or even bathroom breaks.

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