(1) Continuous Machine Gun Burst; (2) Single Machine Gun Burst; (3) Single Machine Gun Burst…; Major (5010 A); 1960


Elmira Star, June 16, 1925

Carrying or owning firearms without permit is a grave offense in the state of New York, but on the East Side guns are bootlegged as freely as hooch. Arthur Fellig, a photographer, tells me that while he was walking along Third Avenue the other night a gorilla approached him and asked him if he needed a gun, saying he would rent him one for a dollar [in June 1925 $1 had the same buying power as $16.70 in May 2022] a day.
Elmira Star, June 16, 1925



Machine Gun; Victor (S E-14); 1928


“Happy Birthday”; Eddie Davis and his Orchestra; Sittin’ In With (520); 1949


PM, March 2, 1941


[Eegeew dna Yram Teragram EdirBcm], Yluj 91, 5491


“Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”; The Tune Weavers; Frank Paul’s Orch.; M. Sylvia; G. Lopez; Checker (872); 1957


PM, March 9, 1941

A picture with somebody in it sells better than a picture of a lifeless object. So Weegee sometimes puts himself in his picture-shooting them by “remote control.” Here he is posing as a “curious passerby” looking at the body of a Brooklyn murder victim found in trunk near the Gowanus Canal.
PM, March 9, 1941


“Happy Birthday To You”; Raymond Scott and his New Orchestra; Clyde Burke; M. J. Hill; Columbia (35864); November 29, 1940


“Happy Birthday”; Craven Edwards And his Lazy K-Ranch Boys; Len Stokes; Hill; Diamond (2007-A); June 1946


PM, March 9, 1941

Weegee makes friends readily. On a Chinatown assignment he got this New Year’s lucky wish from a Chinese girl. He has a photo of her painting it pinned above his bed (see picture on next page). It is characteristic of him to have his picture taken this way. The cigar is standard equipment.
PM, March 9, 1941


“Today Is Your Birthday”; The Enchanters; Buddy Lucas and his Band of Tomorrow; Bernstein; Levine; Odom; Geritz; Jubilee (5072); 1952


“Happy Birthday Father (From)”; Harry Tush and his Society Orchestra; Rondoliers; Avalon (502A)


PM, March 9, 1941

Weegee’s room shows his devotion to his job. On top of his regular radio is a police short-wave radio and a loudspeaker attached to it dangles over his bed. On the floor are his special “murder shoes” – at left – and his “snow shoes.” He keeps his “fire shoes” in his car. The wall decorations are examples of his work and certificates of awards for prize-winning pictures. The cardboard boxes at the extreme right are his disorderly “files.” The typewriter is his latest acquisition. He has recently taken up writing – a field in which he shows rather startling talent. We don’t know what the Flit is for.
PM, March 9, 1941


Weegee (1899-1968) and Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976), July 19, 1945


“Birthday Party”; Sil Austin; J. CollinsMercury (71027); December 25, 1956

Happy Birthday Weegee… born 123 years ago today…


Coney Island; June Winters; H.E. Perette; H. Pine; Charles Sanford; Mayfair (K124 A)


Coney Island; June Winters; H.E. Perette; H. Pine; Charles Sanford; Mayfair (K124 B)

Weegee (1899-1968), Coney Island, 1940.
Janet Sobel (1894-1968), Milky Way, 1945
John D. Graham (1888-1961), Celia, 1944-45.


MoMA, May 23, 2022

In Solidarity

…artists born in present day Ukraine…


“Memorial Day, 1941, from the Prelinger Archives


“Dusk”; Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra; Duke Ellington; O. Hardwicke; B. Webster; J. Hodges; B. Bigard; H. Carney; C. Williams; R. Stewart; W. Jones; L. Brown; J. Nanton; J. Tizol; F. Guy; J. Blanton; S. Greer; Victor (20-1534-A); Publication date: May 28, 1940


“Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga”; Dick Stabile and his Orchestra; Shirley Gay; Newman; Monaco; Vocalion (5593); Publication date: May 28, 1940


“A Portrait of Bert Williams”; Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra; O. Hardwick; H. Carney; J. Hodges; A. Bigard; B. Webster; R. Stewart; C. Williams; W. Jones; J. Nanton; J. Tizol; L. Brown; Duke Ellington; J. Blanton; F. Guy; S. Greer; RCA Victor (26644-A); Publication date: May 28, 1940


The New York Times, May 28, 1940

TWO LEPKE AIDES FACE COURT TODAY

Strauss and Capone Accused With Racketeer and 3 Others of First-Degree Murder

The New York Times, May 28, 1940

[By the end of May 1940 the “Brooklyn murder syndicate” (Murder, Inc.), was dying, due in part to a few murders with “corroboration,” … and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra were creating great music…]


“Bojangles”; Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra; O. Hardwick; H. Carney; J. Hodges; A. Bigard; B. Webster; R. Stewart; C. Williams; W. Jones; J. Nanton; J. Tizol; L. Brown; Duke Ellington; J. Blanton; F. Guy; S. Greer; RCA Victor (26644-B); Publication date: May 28, 1940


“The Bug”; Bob Pope and his Hotel Charlotte Orchestra; Bluebird (B-6300-B); 1936


“Barney Google”; Irving and Jack Kaufman; Rose; Conrad; Gennett (5152-B); April 1923


“Barney Google”; Harry Blake and Robert Judson; Rose; Conrad; Perfect (12049-A); April 3, 1923


“Barney Google”; Billy Jones and Ernest Hare; Rose and Conrad; Columbia (A3876); 1923


“Barney Google”; Thomas and West; Con Conrad; Regal (9459-A); March 1923


“Barney Google”; Missouri Jazz Hounds; Arthur Hall; Con Conrad; Regal (9486-A); May 1923


“Barney Google”; Frank Williams; Rose; Conrad; Cameo (351); March 1923


“Barney Google”; The Great White Way Orchestra; Billy Rose; Con Conrad; Billy Murray; Victor (19093-A); 1923


“Barney Google”; Billy Jones; Rose; de Beek; Conrad; Bell (P-220-B); 1923


“Barney Google”; Georgie Price; Billy Rose; Con Conrad; Victor (19066-A); April 26, 1923


“Barney Google”; Haring’s Velvetone Orchestra; Rose; Conrad; Cameo (355); May 1923


The New York Times, May 25, 1939


“Barney Google”; Melody King’s Dance Orchestra; Rose; Conrad; His Master’s Voice (216407-B); 1923

RACKETS SUSPECTS HELD AS VAGRANTS

Two Men Sought for Year by Dewey for Questioning in Lepke – Gurrah Inquiry

BAIL SET AT $25,000 EACH

One Is Known as ‘Charlie the Bug’ [Convicted, in 1941, of killing Dutch Schultz, in 1935, thanks to Abe Reles…] and Other as ‘Barney Google,’ Police Say


“Barney Google”; Charlie Ventura and his Bop for the People; Charlie Ventura and Ensemble; Billy Rose; Con Conrad; RCA Victor (20-3467-A); June 1949


“Heavy Traffic on Canal Street”; New Friends of Rhythm; Alan Shulman; Sylvan Shulman; Harry Glickman; Louis Klevman; Harry Patent; Tony Colucci; Laura Newell; Buster Bailey; Paganini; Victor (26647-A); Publication date: May 24, 1940


“No Name Jive”; Gene Krupa and his Orchestra; Wagner; Columbia (35508); May 21, 1940


“Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga”; Gene Krupa and his Orchestra; Irene Davis; Newman; Monaco; Columbia (35508); May 21, 1940


“You Think of Everything”; Del Courtney and his Orchestra; Joe Martin; Rose; McCarthy; Van Heusen; Okeh (5608); Publication date: May 24, 1940


“Hong Kong Blues (Blues de Hong Kong)”; Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra; “Skeets” Herfurt; Hoagy Carmichael; Deane Kincaide; Victor (26636-B); May 23, 1940


“All This And Heaven Too”; Del Courtney and his Orchestra; Sherman Hayes; De Lange; Van Heusen; Okeh (5608); Publication date: May 24, 1940


The New York Times, May 24, 1940

TWO IN MURDER RING QUICKLY CONVICTED

Maione and Abbandando Are Found Guilty by Kings Jury, Must Go to the Chair

LEPKE INDICTED IN 2 CASES

Racketeer Accused in O’Dwyer Inquiry of Slayings by the Brooklyn ‘Syndicate’

…witness was Abe Reles… and poured into the record a four-hour account of shootings, stabbings and strangulations unparalleled in the annals of modern gangland history…

The New York Times, May 24, 1940


“King George VI’s Empire Day Address”, 05/24/1940; Columbia Broadcasting System, inc.; Publication date: May 24, 1940