Food with a view: New York, 1930

Two waiters serve two steel workers lunch, on a girder high above New York City © Getty

Before the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York is even finished, two waiters show off their table (or should that be girder?) service. They had to be raised by crane, balancing silver trays in one hand all the way, to bring a slap-up meal from the hotel’s chefs to the construction workers. Building the 47-storey, 190-metre skyscraper was dangerous work, but it came with perks!

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