Many men risked their lives, back in the days before safety finally became standard, to construct the world’s skyscrapers. The first image below is one of those daredevils who captured such moments on film for posterity. His name was Charles C. Ebbets, and he was himself an adventurer, stuntman, actor, wing-walker and photographer. If you’d like to know more about him, his daughter has set up a website to document his life and pictures; click here. Meanwhile, enjoy the images below – even if it’s just with morbid curiosity (if you’re afraid of heights, take a deep breath first).
Charles C. Ebbets
Charles C. Ebbets’ “Waldorf, Astoria”, © Bettmann Archives, Corbis
Charles C. Ebbets’ Laurel and Hardy, © Bettmann Archives, Corbis
Charles C. Ebbets’ famous “Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper”
Charles C. Ebbets’ “Tee Time”, © Bettmann Archives, Corbis
Unidentified photographer, 1907
Worker painting the Eifel Tower, 1953
Construction workers on the Gold Gate Bridge
The celebration of this relatively unknown figure highlights her brilliance in the face of staunch sexism. As a woman, I still feel sexism today, though it’s far more subtle – the glass ceilings still need to be broken through, and the duplicity of definition needs to be redressed (name any male characteristic, and often the negative reverse is applied to women, whether stated or subconscious; e.g. a man may be assertive, but if a woman shows the same spirit, she’s often labelled as aggressive). Though they paved the way for a better path for many women, Amalie and her female contemporaries faced brick ceilings and walls.
Born in 1882 in Erlangen, Germany, Amalie was born into a family of brilliant mathematicians, yet had to beg to be allowed to study at University; when she aced her audited courses, they only reluctantly acknowledged her achievements. She was an unpaid, unsung heroine for years, yet Einstein himself referred to her as “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced.” To read more about her story, and details of her scientific breakthroughs, please click on the image below.
Amalie Noether (Wikimedia Commons)
Originally posted on History Undusted, 23 March 2015, by Stephanie Huesler
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