Amazing 1930s Film About Building the San Francisco Bay Bridge

This gem from the Prelinger Archive documents the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which was completed in 1936. Produced by U.S. Steel, it celebrates the engineering of the structure, one of the largest in the world at the time, and the people who built it. Skip to about 8:50 to see nonchalant workmen jumping up and down on terrifying mesh catwalks suspended high above the bay. 

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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