More pages of William Sharp’s Smuggled Sketchbook, Jimmy Roosevelt’s Soundies at the Waldorf, and an amazing full page photo by Morris Engel, PM Staff…
The Nazi Terror
On the next four pages, PM presents the first in a series of pictures smuggled from Germany in the early days of Hitler’s reign.
They were drawn by William Sharp, now an American artist…”
“Born Leon Schleifer in Lemberg, Austria (now part of Ukraine), [on June 13, 1900], Sharp studied fine art in Austria and Poland before finishing his studies at the University in Berlin in 1918. After serving briefly in the German army at the end of World War I, he stayed on in Berlin and worked as a book illustrator, painter, etcher, and lithographer… In the late 1920s, as Adolph Hitler’s National Socialist Party grew, Sharp, under various pseudonyms, drew political cartoons satirizing the party and its leader in the anti-Nazi press. After being threatened with imprisonment by the Nazis in 1933, Schleifer and his wife Ruth fled the country and arrived in New York the following year. In 1940, Schleifer became a United States citizen and changed his name to William Sharp. The Sharps settled in Forest Hills and stayed in the same apartment until William’s death in 1961 and Ruth’s in 2002.” Queens Museum website
“What to do with old PM’s.”
“N.Y. Now Has 8,668 Hoses and Only 18 Blacksmiths
Because a horse walks around on his toenails he needs a new set of shoes every month. His toenails grow and the old shoes won’t fit… horses are disappearing from our town at a rate of 270 a year. In 1924 there were 50,000 of them. The Health Department’s 1939 census turned up only 8,6668.
Laundries, peddlers and milkmen still use horses…
There are some figures to show they object to taxicabs. The ASPCA says most runaways of recent years have been caused by taxicabs cutting in front of the horses.
[Taxicabs drove recklessly and dangerously 76 years ago, and they still do today, some things don’t change…]
…partners in a [Black]smith shop at 301 Spring St. can remember when there ‘was a blacksmith shop on every block from 14th St. to South Ferry’…”
PM, October 19, 1940, p. 56
“Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, film premiere, New York” 1955
Gelatin silver print.
23 x 19.5 cm (9 x 7 5/8 in.)
‘Weegee The Famous’ credit stamp on the verso.
Estimate £800 – 1,200 •
Phillips London Auction on November 3, 2016.
(Almost all of the above copied from Phillips auction house website.)
I’ll go out on a limb and write that this photo, “Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, film premiere, New York,” was probably not made by Weegee…
PM, October 18, 1940 Vol. 1, No. 89
It was 40 degrees colder than today… “City’s First Draft Board Sworn In…” Marshall Field becomes largest share holder in PM… Oil in Iraq and Iran? “The Fifth -Column and Its Fellow-Travelers”… “This is the Way They Make a Ballet: ‘The New Yorker.'” And a small World War Two-related Weegee photo…
“New York’s Busiest Crossroads Soon Will Be Busier Than Ever”
Pictured here, in photo and diagram, is the busiest traffic intersection in New York – perhaps the busiest anywhere: 33d St., between Broadway and Sixth Ave…”
Diagram by Leo Hershfield (1904 – 1979).
(to be continued…)