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The Flattenator: 1964

The Flattenator: 1964

July 1964. New York. "Man walking in front of construction worker driving asphalt paver." From that day on, his friends called him "Stretch." 35mm negative by Angelo Rizzuto. View full size.


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To me, this looks like Wally Cleaver debating whether or not to flatten Eddie Haskell.

The real danger

is the puddle he's about to walk into.

Focus Problem

This photo, alas, is somewhat lacking in depth of field -- a problem evident whenever the subject ends up appearing rather flat.

Poor Shorpy

It looks like Mr. Metropolitan Asphalt wasn't as yielding to him.

The mansions in behind the driver are:
The 1900 Philip Lehman home at 7 West 54th Street, and
The 1896 James Goodwin home at 9 - 11 West 54th Street.
They don't make 'em like those anymore.

I was looking at a Google street view of the mansions referenced above, and realized the intersection at which Angel Ruzzito took this photograph was 54th and Fifth Avenue, making this his angle. Pretty impressive depth of field for an action picture.

The IDs of March

Either 1963 or '64 Corvette to immediate right. 1964 Chevy full size following (can't tell if it's Impala or not). Checker behind the Chevy. Looks to be 1960-64 MGA on right parked behind a Chevy truck.

[And, far right, a 1963-65 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 limousine. - Dave]

The obligatory quote

"Hey, I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"

"Stretch" is a better nickname than ...

"Slim", under the circumstances.

Also, no seat belt or hardhat on the operator, and no ROPS (roll-over protection structure) on the compactor. I'm glad things have improved in that area.

The Rockefeller

apartments in the distance gave it away! 54th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

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