In January 1931, Popular Science documented the death-defying process of constructing the Empire State Building, which held the title of the tallest artificial structure in the world until 1970. Today it’s eclipsed by several other skyscrapers in Manhattan—but it continues to be a marvel for both inhabitants and visitors of the city. Read on to learn more.
Higher than man ever built before
A photographic tour of the newly finished Empire State Building.