December 29, 2013

Painters on Brooklyn Bridge

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“Eugene de Salignac (1861–1943) was an American photographer who worked for the Department of Bridges in New York City

“He had no formal training in photography. At the age of 42, his brother-in-law found him a job as an assistant to the photographer for the Department of Bridges, Joseph Palmer. After 3 years of apprenticeship, Palmer suddenly died, and in October 1906, de Salignac assumed his duties.” | Retronaut

For the full shot from sometime around a century ago...

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 29, 2013 3:50 PM
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Stunning picture, but my goodness it makes me nervous!

Posted by: Kerry at December 29, 2013 6:58 PM

My God, they were the "extreme athletes" of their time. But, with the added difference of actually accomplishing something lasting, useful, and beautiful.

Posted by: Gray at December 29, 2013 9:24 PM

My God, they were the "extreme athletes" of their time. But, with the added difference of actually accomplishing something lasting, useful, and beautiful.

Posted by: Gray at December 29, 2013 9:27 PM

It's enough to give an OSHA bureaucrat apoplexy. And that's a good thing.

Posted by: waltj at December 30, 2013 8:55 AM

A friend of my parents told us that he once had a college summer job painting this bridge.
It would have been pre-WWII, about 1938. He said they used to play jokes on each other, such as painting a buddy’s section to make it slippery for when they came back from break!

Posted by: DavidB at December 30, 2013 8:59 AM
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