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Rockefeller Center: 1954

Rockefeller Center: 1954

My grandfather took this photo of professional skaters putting on a show at New York's Rockefeller Center rink in November, 1954. I think the gesture of the sculpture with its arms upheld really works with the skaters. View full size.

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Quotation Found

The inscription behind the statue of Prometheus is from Aeschylus, and says, "Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends."

The Inscription

"Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends."

That underwear

looks familiar, isn't that Marylin Monroe?


That's the statue of Prometheus, the Greek god of forethought, brought to you by sculptor Paul Manship.

Words of wisdom

Could someone please enlighten this Aussie (4th. flagpole from the left, incidentally) as to the inscription on the wall immediately behind the sculpture?

Thank you.

Flight of fancy

Gee, I hope the chap got his other hand in place, in time, otherwise is curtains for sure.

I can relate to that statue, my first trip to Holland saw me skating in the exact same manner while my Dutch wife floated all around me grinning from ear to ear.

Unfriendly neighbors

The old flag of Iran can be seen flying next to that of Israel.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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