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December 1909. "Met Life Building." The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. tower on a gray winter afternoon in Manhattan the year of its completion. It was the tallest building in the world until 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.