Empire State Building Under Construction, Late 1930

Empire State Building Under Construction, Late 1930
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The Empire State Building may no longer be the tallest building in the world, but it is easily one of the most recognizable. It holds a place in pop culture that few man-made structures ever attain, most probably thanks to a giant fictional gorilla. In this black and white photograph, King Kong's exploits are still a couple of years off. The building is incomplete, its dirigible dock is still under construction. At this point, the Chrysler building holds the title of the tallest building in the world, having wrested the crown from 40 Wall Street after only a few weeks, but Chrysler's dominance of the skyline will be short-lived. The Empire State Building will official surpass it on May 1, 1931 and will hold the title for another 40 years.

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