January 27, 2019

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Today, a photograph that ran in National Geographic in 1930, with its original caption.
MANHATTAN'S SKYSCRAPERS DWARF THE 'TOPLESS TOWERS OF ILIUM'

In this mass addition to the rapidly changing Grand Central zone is an image of tomorrow's world. The Chrysler Building, world's tallest, is at left. Superimposed on its facade in this picture is the Chanin Building. The white structure is the new Daily News Building. To the right of it, along the East River, are apartment houses of Tudor City.

✦  ✦  ✦  ✦  ✦

A few explanatory notes: the 'topless towers of Ilium' refers to Helen of Troy, famously possessed of "a face that launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium." [Ilium is another word for Troy, a fortified city known for its tall watchtowers].

The Chrysler Building (hidden behind the Chanin Building) is still under construction in the photo. It would be the world's tallest for all of 11 months, surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

A detail of the above photo, zooming in on the News Building and Tudor City.

No comments:

Post a Comment