Think 'skywalking' photographs are a modern craze? Vintage images show how brave souls were doing it in the 1930s | What's new in Visual Communication? |

It's a death defying craze favoured by daredevil 'rooftoppers' aiming to take photography to new heights.

But it seems that 'skywalking' - the dangerous art of scaling tall buildings or cranes to take a picture from a vertigo inducing perspective while sometimes performing tricks and stunts in the process - is nothing new.

These stunning images, taken from the archives at the Boston Public Library, show that brave souls were foolishly frolicking around at dizzying heights in the 1930s.