Lunch Atop a Skyscraper is one of the world’s most famous photographs.
The iconic image depicts 11 construction workers eating their lunch on a girder while building the Rockefeller Center in New York, with their feet dangling 840ft above Manhattan.
Taken on September 20, 1932, the photo celebrates its 86th birthday next month.
It first appeared in the New York Herald Tribune at a time when a quarter of people in the city were unemployed during the Great Depression – yet huge-scale construction projects which began during the boom years were nearing completion.
In the 1920s, Irish immigrants Matty O’Shaughnessy and Sonny Glynn travelled over the Atlantic destined for a new life in America, and the image of workers sat side-by-side eating lunch intended to represent a progressive new era.
Matty and Sonny Glynn sit at the bookends of the famous steel girder; Glynn is wearing a hat on the right end of the beam, staring directly at the camera.
Dressed in our worker flat caps, boots and dungarees, the Daily Mirror joined Sonny’s descendant George Glynn, 25, to recreate the pose 450ft above London’s skyline.
"It’s the stuff of legend in my family, so I’m really excited to be recreating the original photo," he tells us from the rooftop of a 32-storey building next to the Shard, before the girder is winched into the sky.
"My family have always had the photo hung up at home."
George, who is from Galway and has lived in London for two years, perched in the same spot Sonny did nine decades ago.
While a number of archivists now claim the photo was a publicity stunt, George says it is irrelevant to its enduring legacy.
"I 100% believe that the photo was genuine, whether it was staged or not.
"The level of health and safety back then was nothing like it is now, so they really will have been risking their lives.
"My father worked in construction too and I think they just became immune to the threat of danger. When you’re used to it, the height doesn’t phase you in the same way."
The snap was organised by Deliveroo to mark an uplift in the number of outdoor orders this summer.
The food delivery service invited members of the public via a free ballot to enjoy their breakfast in the sky following a 210% increase in orders for outdoor deliveries.
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