The Office of Civilian Defense announces the following instructions to be carried out “When an air raid comes.”

Approaches to New York Harbor Mined by Navy.

New York Has Skyscrapers for Air Raid Shelters
Simple Safety Rules will Save Lives When the Bombers Come…”

Simple Rules Show How to Make a Home Safer in Raids

Blackout Curtains Will Hinder Night Bomb Raiding

What Are Bombs Like? Here Are Some of the Answers“.

PM, December 11, 1941

(For the first time ever, we present possibly useful information…)


PM, December 10, 1941
New York Has Its First Air-Raid Alarms, But the Enemy Fails to Make Appearance
A million schoolchildren were evacuated from their classrooms yesterday as New York had two air-raid alarms – the first of the war. These pupils at PS 23 on Hester Street looked on the whole procedure as a kind of game. The alarm found most New Yorkers calm, but left then puzzled as to what it was all about. There is one theory that somebody mistook American planes for the enemy; another holds that it was a staged dress rehearsal. The Army denied the latter theory. Whatever the cause, we needed the practice. PM Photo by Weegee


PM, December 2, 1941, p. 14 (photos by Martin Harris)

What Happens to These Men Depends on Mayor La Guardia
“Last week the Board of Estimate adopted a Council bill banishing itinerant peddling from city streets. The bill affects about 10,000 peddlers. Now in the Mayor’s hands, it exempts news dealers and others able to get licenses…”


PM, December 1, 1943, p. 16

“Proving the Cops Are Human
A look of grave concern crosses the face of this policeman as he watches an injured woman being removed from the Western Electric plant at 395 Hudson St. following explosion that killed two early yesterday.
Photo by Weegee, PM”

About 8 days after Weegee photographed “The Critic” (and about 5 days after photographing “How to Wreck a Tavern – Cold Sober!”) Weegee photographed “The Human Cop.”

About 8 Weegee photos of the Western Electric blast can be found in the extraordinary “Extra! Weegee” book…


The New York Times, November 30, 1943


The New York Times,December 1, 1943