On this date in 1931 the Empire State Building in New York City was dedicated and open for business. When it opened it was the tallest free standing structure in the world at 1,250 feet tall. But it didn’t get much business after opening. It opened up just as the Great Depression was hitting. The building would not become profitable until 1950. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years when the north tower of the World Trade Center surpassed it by 118 feet in in 1970. In 2003 I made a photo of the Empire State Building. I located the two-and-quarter negative in my archive and digitally scanned it. I like the fact that the black and white image looks as if it could have been made on that May day in 1931.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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