The good news is the photograph is genuine. Those are real dudes sitting on a real girder that was higher than Zeus’ rec room. The bad news is, the photo wasn’t part of a LIFE magazine series on the blue-collar workers of the Great Depression, or even a very specific group of performance artists. No, the photo is part of a publicity campaign to advertise the construction of the RCA Building, known today as the GE Building (and better known as the 30 Rock Building).

Less famous photos from the shoot include the steel workers playing football on the girder, sleeping on the girder, and doing Crocodile Mile on the girder.

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SO, my exciting news is that I have officially started a folktronica duo with the very talented Austin Tackett called The Mountain Sound! We are working on an album of original music that we will be recording in the studio here at the KCTM (hopefully!) We will be traveling quite a bit! If you like folk and antifolk, give us a listen! We are trying to accrue a bit of a fanbase on Facebook in anticipation of our new record and upcoming shows, so please like us if you like! If you like my solo music, you’ll probably like this too. Thanks for all the continued support! I’m very excited about this new direction! Please reblog if you’d like to help us out as we get started!

You can find our Facebook (videos and music there for now) by clicking here.