Chicago Iron Workers Recreate Iconic ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ Photo From the 1930s

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The city of Chicago is well-known for its stunning architecture, ranging from the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) to the John Hancock Center (also known as 875 North Michigan Avenue) to the world famous ‘Bean.’

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The city was also the site of one of the most iconic photos in American history, one that has been the focus of a great deal of mystery and intrigue since it was first unveiled to the general public in 1932.

Recently, eleven members of a local Chicago iron workers union took it upon themselves to recreate the image, adding modern touches to make the photo more family friendly than the world famous original.

Chicago Iron Workers Pose for Iconic Photo Remake

The workers from the Chicago #1 local iron workers organization recently appeared on Reddit’s “Old School Cool” sub, accompanied by the original photo they remade.

The new photo shows the workers sitting on a steel girder with their legs hanging off the edge.

In this version, the workers swap out the original photo’s flask of whiskey for a non-alcoholic soft drink, as the men on the far left gaze at an image on a smartphone instead of smoking a cigarette.

The new photo was taken from the top of Chicago’s new CNA Center, a 44-story building located at 333 South Wabash in the Windy City.

The original image was shot in black-and-white.

It dates back to the 1932 construction of a building in Manhattan now known as the Comcast Building.

The photo was proudly displayed on the Chicago #1 local iron workers’ official webpage after it was taken, in stark contrast to a group of steel workers in the United Kingdom who faced potential disciplinary action for creating the same scene above the skyline of London.

Thankfully, no one was hurt during the making of the photo.

Can you spot the differences between the two photos? Let us know in the comments section!

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