1954: Throwback Thursday—In 1954, we were honoured to have Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visit the building. Having grown up with six brothers and three sisters, she was unfazed by the crowds that gathered before, during and after her visit.
1978: Throwback Thursday—In 1978, America's most famous canine, Lassie, held a celebrity visit at the building. After her film debut in 1943, Lassie enjoyed a starring role in the TV series "Lassie" from 1954-1973.
September 1942. "New York. Looking north from the Ninth Street station on the Third Avenue elevated railway as a train leaves on the local track." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information.
Throwback to 1956: Long before its LED lights were installed, four large beacons known as the “Freedom Lights” were placed at the foot of the Empire State Building as a symbol of welcome and freedom to visitors. Photo via John S. Berman.
In 1956, renowned writer MacKinley Kantor penned a tribute to the Empire State Building's beacon lights when they were illuminated for the very first time. Empire State Realty Trust CEO Anthony E. Malkin recites and discusses the poem on the building's 86th floor Observatory as part of the Poetry In America series. Register for a Poetry in America: Modernism course at https://www.edx.org/course/poetry-america-modernism-harvardx-ampox-6.