Post Number: 1198
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 4:17 pm: || |
This is amaaaaaazing. See video of the construction of the Eaton Tower/David Broderick Tower (the whale mural building).
The ironworkers are literally balancing on beams 30 floors up as they install girders. Simply incredible. Plus, as a bonus, there's a dancing flapper. WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR?
http://www.lib.wayne.edu/resou rces/digital_library/det_news/ video.php?vid=3R2_03
Post Number: 3091
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 4:24 pm: || |
That whole series of Detroit News film clips from the 1920's is amazing. There's about 300 of them.
Post Number: 4729
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 4:36 pm: || |
Thank you for sharing! Amazing to see the Broderick and other nearby buildings under construction, and to see the bustling city below in the background.
You see how much effort and risk was put into building these amazing old skyscrapers (let alone any old building), and it should really make you want to preserve them. Not only are they beautiful and a testament to our history, but they are feats of engineering and labor. Not that building a building in 2008 isn't hard to do, but it was even harder then (and the results tended to be of such greater quality).
Post Number: 2004
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 4:45 pm: || |
My thread on the videos somehow got forgotten:
Post Number: 1199
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 5:57 pm: || |
Didn't mean to stiff ya, Jsmyers. (That's what she said.)
Post Number: 1414
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 6:02 pm: || |
Thanks for sharing those links! The guys that built the Detroit skyscrapers weren't called "Men of Steel" for nothing. I did not detect a single safety harness in the bunch. They had to have had nerves of steel!
And I enjoyed watching the possible "1st Dream Cruise" video!
Post Number: 5372
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 8:24 pm: || |
Wow, thanks so much for sharing. Whenever I see an old film clip from that time period, it is usually from NYC or Chicago.
Post Number: 795
|Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 10:43 pm: || |
If you guys also want to see a newsreel loop, I was at the Detroit Historical museum this weekend and there was a great one - some of the clips of the Penobscot are amazing as it looks like anything you'd see in NY or Chicago.
I wish more people would go (or even know about) the historical museum - they had a thing on Parducci too, but I think they could of had some more photos, etc.
The old theatre signs on the 3rd floor are amazing, too :-)
Post Number: 932
|Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 - 4:23 am: || |
Post Number: 413
|Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 - 12:46 pm: || |
The 7 part PBS documentary "New York" by Ric Burns had some amazing film of the Empire State Building construction. Watching those guys 100 stories up with icicles hanging off their faces as the winter winds nearly blew them off the beam. Meanwhile the steel was still warm, having been shipped from Pennsylvania the night before.
Post Number: 215
|Posted on Monday, May 05, 2008 - 1:34 pm: || |
How cool! Thanks for the link, Rymeswithrawk! I had forgotten the Reuther has video as well as photos and archived documents. Think I like the “old and new” shots of Detroit, and that precarious-looking balloon ride, the best. Til I get to the next page.