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The Skyscrapers of new York

from the marvellously named American Mutascope and Biograph Company, filmed in 1906.

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Added: Mar-24-2012 Occurred On: Mar-24-2012
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  • ...lol @3:30...any OHS officer would be throwing up in their mouth a little watching that!...great find as always cleaner...

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  • Holy shit, over 100 years old footage. Nice!

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  • A large number of those guys were Seneca Indians from the reservations in upstate New York because of their natural inclination for no fear of heights. That made them great ironworkers, a tradition that continues to this day.
    Amazing to see the absolute absence of any safety equipment. No harnesses, no nets, no hardhats, nothing.
    Seeing a coal forge with its hand operated blower to supply an air blast to the fire being used to heat the rivets to almost white hot is pretty cool but this clip does More..

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    • @ValleyBlacksmith excellent information, thanks VB.

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    • @ValleyBlacksmith

      This source says Mohawks, but both they and Seneca were Iroquois, so it all gets a bit complex....

      http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/659/why-do-so-many-native-americans-work-on-skyscrapers

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroquois

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_people

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    • @ommadawn
      Cool, I'll have to look up those links. Mohawks are a central NY group. Around my area are mostly Senecas and some Tuscaroras up by Niagara Falls. On the Tonawanda reservation (was just out there yesterday as a matter of fact), and the Allegany and Cattaraugus reservations are mostly Senecas. I went to school with many of them growing up in Akron right by the Tonawanda rez and never saw many of their dads much because they would be gone for up to two years at a time working on high ri More..

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  • I presume all these people are dead by now.

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  • They are pretty casual about being that far off of the ground.

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  • In the days before hard hats. Nice stuff :0)

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  • Amazing. I would think with today's PC's and given this is entirely grayscale we should be able to clean up old vids like this. I was noticing in the shots you'd get some frames showing a certain object better than in others. Adobe can already fix that in photographs, ought to be able to fix the entire film so it has consistent contrast and no shakiness.

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  • men didn't go about bare headed

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  • Those crazy guys hanging onto that crane-line with one hand! LOL My grandfather on my dad's side was an iron-man. Yep he was a hard drinking crazy man too!

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