IMG_9262-2 PM, April 5, 1948

“‘Select-O-Matic’ has capacity for 100 records, can play up to 14 hours without stop. Records are played vertically.” “Another step toward uninterrupted playing of photograph records over a long period has been taken… This machine holds up to 100 records and can play up to 14 hours with out a stop… The machine is actually a juke box with a well-devolped brain…”


NY Daily News, April 17, 1942 (All NEWS fotos by Engels and Amy)

1. Stanely Sandler, 23, and Francis Whelan, 32, both of Astoria, lie on pavement of Third Ave., near 42d St., after car driven by Whelan crashed into El pillar. Sandler is dead.
2. After recovering from first shock of accident, Whelan went berserk, battled with police. Bystander fans him with newspaper as police hold the struggling driver
3. Clothes torn and his face covered with blood, Whelan gains his feet, continues his struggles with cops, who hold him firmly.
4. His face covered with newspapers, the dead Sandler receives last rites from Father Thomas McNulty. Sandler was riding in rear seat. Another passenger, Joseph Mahoney, was injured.
5. Whelan lies on floor of ambulance, still held by police. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation.
6. After caroming off two El pillars the car came to a stop and burst into flames. Driver of car escaped death miraculously in accident, which occurred at 5 o’clock yesterday morning.
7. The fire’s been put out and here’s all that remains of the car. It hit pillars between 41st and 42d Sts. while making U-turn.
8. Carmine DeNote and Pvt. Arthur Hayden examine axle and wheel which landed 40 feet from where car hit. Technical charge of homicide was lodged against Whelan.



NY Herald Tribune, April 17, 1942 (Herald Tribune – Acme)

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PM, April 17, 1942 (No photo credit)
1. Few minutes before photo, this car was going north on Third Ave., near 42d St. It smashed into L pillar, burned to this wreck.
2. Wheel of car rammed curb 40 feet from car body. Stanley Stanley, Astoria, died in wreck. Car was driven by Frank Whalen, Astoria.
3. Whalen, injured, battled with cops after recovering from shock of crash. He was handcuffed, forced into ambulance by officers.
4. Under double-bill movie marquee, body of Stanley was covered with newspapers and coats by policeman. Technical charge of homicide was lodged against Whalen, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation. Another passenger, Joseph Mahoney, also was hurt.

73 years ago today… We found coverage of the “Joy of Living” accident only in The Daily News, New York Herald Tribune, and of course, PM. DN and PM published foto stories, little photo essays, and PM’s story featured one of the greatest photos of the 20th century. There are (at least) three variations, versions, or varieties or Joy of Livings….

The car caromed at around 5 AM while making a U-turn; newspapers were used by bystanders to fan distraught driver, Francis Whelan; newspapers covered the body of the dead passenger, Stanley Sandler (Stanley Stanley was too good to be true); The Tudor added a th to ’em…

A scene from “Joy of Living,” released May 6, 1938, Irene Dunne singing “You Couldn’t be Cuter,” can be seen here… And here too…

Supernacular Irene Dunne site here…
and here…

“Don’t Turn ‘Em Loose,” 1936, (image from ebay)

(Very good page on the Tudor Theatre on Cinema Treasures…)

Naked City, 1945, p. 89

Weegee’s Secrets, 1953, p. 32

On a long movie ticket line, someone found the mark for quick vengeance”

Weegee The Famous, 1977

Weegee’s New York, 1982, p. 75

Weegee’s World, 1997, p. 61

Berinson, 2007, p. 175

Not the Naked City, p.89,

Above the Joy of Living… (with google sky view).

Of course, living in Tokyo, in mid-April 1942, was not a joy…
New York Post, April 18, 1942

Daily News, April 1942

New York Herald Tribune, April 18, 1942


CG, April 16, 2015

[“Face covered with blood” from the Daily News reminds us of something else that happened on Third Avenue…The joy of living…]


“Dusting Off a Police Trove of Photographs to Rival Weegee’s”
by Michael Wilson

“The picture, of a coat and a hat, was one of seven taken that afternoon at the Latin Lounge. But why?

Hours earlier, someone had fatally stabbed a man identified as Edward Curbreia, 32, in the bar, on Broadway at West 100th Street in Manhattan. It was Feb. 1, 1959, and two detectives arrived at the scene — in car 1514, according to a meticulously kept logbook — with their big, tripod-mounted camera. They took a picture of the busy block (a sign in a neighboring grocer’s window advertised a special on smoked tongue: 39 cents a pound) and others inside the bar and its bloodstained bathroom. The detectives carried various flashbulbs that would have popped as they lit up the dark room.

The coat check closet must have caught someone’s eye. Inside were a single hat and coat, each one with a chip, No. 38.

The detectives set up the camera. Pop.

The Latin Lounge photos were among thousands taken from 1914 to 1975 by officers assigned to the New York Police Department’s photo units. Later, when the cases were closed, the photos were boxed up and stored in various places, including, most recently, a basement room at 1 Police Plaza.

Many of the photos will soon be available for public viewing for the first time. On Monday, the National Endowment for the Humanities will announce a $125,000 grant it has awarded to the Department of Records and Information Services for the digitization of 30,000 of the pictures. The photographs will be scanned starting in July and will be available for online viewing sometime after that.

The images recall those taken by the famous tabloid photographer Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, and at some crime scenes, the police photographer who took them and the night-crawling newsman may have been standing just a few feet apart.
[Hello, cake box murder, etc.]

“The police photographers more than held their own,” said Michael Lorenzini, deputy director of the Municipal Archives. “These guys are well-trained photographers.”

Mr. Lorenzini recalled the day he entered the crowded basement storage room — “the smell,” he said. When old film begins to break down, it smells like vinegar. Archivists working with the collection have labeled and stored most of the negatives in a freezer at a facility in Brooklyn to stop further decay…

But the collection also lays bare the workaday jobs that officers were called upon to investigate, like a stickup in a pool hall on Broome Street in 1942: A detective photographed the inside of the bare-bones hall, the cue sticks lying where they had been abandoned on a pool table, and, outside, the body of the dapper robber himself, who had been shot and killed by a patrolman…
[Sounds like a Weegee photo.]

“The film size was 8 inches by 10 inches,” he said Friday in a telephone interview from his Long Island home. “The camera was set up on a tripod. It was a bellows-type camera — you know, the bellows on an accordion?”…

[We recommend The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Privacy Badger:]

NY Times: “Dusting Off a Police Trove of Photographs to Rival Weegee’s”

When we have more time, we will compare and contrast the NYPD’s photos and Weegee’s…


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