“The Gravest Danger Was Fear Itself.” Words of Wisdom From The Pages of Magazines

March 30, 2020

Here is a great picture and a quote from a special edition of TIME magazine on the 100 Photographs The Most Influential Images of All Time.  The cover image and its description caught my attention and that description could not be any less appropriate today than it was in 1932.

“One September day in 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, the PR team for one of the world’s wealthiest clans set out to fan excitement for the family’s latest project: Rockefeller Center, some 6 million square feet of skyscraper space built on 22 acres in the heart of Manhattan. The team took a lot of photos that day, but only one became iconic. It showed 11 men sitting casually on a girder 800 feet above the pavement. They chat, scan newspapers, cadge a light, all while dangling their feet in an ocean of thin air. Lunch Atop a Skyscraper suggests the peril that yawned in 1932, when America, and the world dangled over an abyss. And it contains the crazy confidence of a nation that knew the gravest danger was fear itself.”


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