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Construction of Streetcar Tracks, 1900

Construction of Streetcar Tracks, 1900
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Ironworker Rides the Chains, 1912

Ironworker Rides the Chains, 1912

An ironworker, erecting a skyscraper, rides the chains, 800 feet above Broadway, 1912.

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Workers atop Grand Central Terminal, 1950

Workers atop Grand Central Terminal, 1950

View east toward workers painting the flagpole on Grand Central Terminal.  The collossal clock and statue of "Transportation" by French artist Jules-Alexis Coutan are in the background. On the statue Mercury is flanked by Minerva and Hercules. Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, represents the thought and planning put into this building, while Mercury, the god of speed, represents both the speed of commerce and, of course, the speed of trains, and Hercules represents the strength of the men who built GCT.  The flagpole has since been removed.

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