1929-30 Chrysler Building

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Bertotti, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
    It's not being up there that's frightening, it's the speed the street would greet you that gets the nerves tingling ;)
     
  2. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

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    Haaaaa!
    I rember this, the giant iguana from 1998 hopped on the Chrysler also.
     
  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    He did? Looks like the military misfired before Godzilla, The Giant Iguana from 1998, got to it.

     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    It's not the fall that gets you, but the sudden stop.

    Will Smith jumped off of one of those eagles in MIB3.
     
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  5. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
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    I thought they were carved from sandstone or granite not sheet steel! How did they stop the rust?
     
  6. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

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    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    But would you be brave enough to wear this costume to a party, like the designer did?


    William Van Alen, designer of Chrysler Building Beaux Arts Ball at Hotel Astor.jpg
     
  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    It's stainless steel, from Germany's Krupp factories. Lots of chrome makes it rust free.
     
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  8. cowmoo

    cowmoo Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2011
    North Wales
    It looked too pliable to be stainless the way that guy was trying to squeeze it under the head !!
    I deliver steel and even a 16g stainless sheet is a bugger to bend. (by hand that is)
    And chromed too!! Cool.
     
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  9. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    I had an eccentric professor in law school who insisted on using the term "fear of edges." His reasoning? "'Fear of heights' is a misnomer. No one is afraid of falling off Denver."
     
  10. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I read there are plans to reopen a public observation deck, this time on the 61st floor! That's fantastic! For years, the average person hasn't been able to get past the lobby without having some legitimate business there. It's not a tourist destination like the Empire State Building.

    It's a really nice lobby, but there's so much more I'd love to see!
     
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  11. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Gretschie

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    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    Never been to NYC but the Chrysler Building is the first thing I'd want to see. My '30 Packard would look good parked out front, since they were made in the same era -- never gonna happen though.
     
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  12. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    The Chrysler Building gargoyles:

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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Now if you had a '30 Chrysler....
    Sadly, the Packard plant in Detroit is a nightmare. Some of the most beautiful cars of the last century were built there. Sad end to a famous automobile maker, partially caused by their buying Studebaker, who only lasted ten years after that.
     
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  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’m sure that is the case. Degeneration of the inner ear? Heights never bothered me when I was younger. I never loved the height aspect but simply liked conquering walls and rooftops more. Rollercoasters, no problem till well in my 30s.

    I’m in my ‘50s now. A few years back I took the kids to the county fair and felt extremely nauseated on the Ferris wheel and had to put some effort in to keep both my dinner and dignity.
     
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  15. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    That photo on the left gives me the heebie jeebies.
     
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  16. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Take two aspirins and call me in the morning :)
     
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  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    They're eagles, not gargoyles, by the way. Gargoyles are rain spouts---the name comes from "gurgle".
     
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  18. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    It’s weird how the body changes with age. I’ve never gotten sick or felt nauseated from rides as a kid. I went to a fair at 40 and figured out after a few rides it wasn’t fun for the head. Luckily I didn’t lose my lunch!
     
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  19. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Gary:

    This site refers to them as Eagle Gargoyles.

    @Bertotti

    This is a good post, thanks for broaching it.
     
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  20. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I thought it was a nice change of pace and although I’m not old I am into my 50s and remember family from this era and some of their stories. Most were railroad and or coal mines and a musician. But I digress.

    Anyone remember what building was used for ghostbusters?
     
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