George G. Polley, the “Human Fly”

Bristol County Superior Courthouse. The torch on which Polley performed was removed in 2003 for safety reasons.
George G. Polley is pictured as he reaches the roof of the Fall River Globe building. This was taken less than a week before his assault on the Bristol County Superior Courthouse.
As part of his advertising campaign Polley shared the “secret grip” that enabled him to climb skyscrapers with ease.
Polley at work scaling a building in New Castle, Pennsylvania, during a visit in April 1921.



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