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Global Balls and Lightning Hands

I love how every where you look in Lower Manhattan, you’ll find an overly ornate relic of the early part of the 20th Century, back when things were all glamorous for no reason at all. One day I happened upon this epic mosaic with a naked dude with two giant globe-balls, and glittering lightning between his hands. WHAT? amazing. Back in 1928 before the Depression hit, the┬áInternational Telephone and Telegraph Corporation called 75 Broad Street home. The mosaic dome was meant to let the world know that ITTC was a leader- uniting the hemispheres with a charge of communication! With an angel. And lightning. Of course.

Side sneaky note- during World War II the building was a hub for communications with American submarines operating in the Atlantic Ocean.

Now it’s just a pretty reminder of how things were before every new building was a dumb glass tower.

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What: International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation Mosaic

Where: 75 Broad Street

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