“The Line Is Busy”; Excelsior Music; Star (Orig.); Publication date: 1940-08-23

PM, August 23, 1940, Exclusive Photo by Weegee

Masked, Armed Bandits Rob Manhattan Mail Train

Mail Clerk Brooks Hall waiting for police to saw away handcuffs clamped on by bandits.

“Mail Order Woman”; Jack Dupree; Dupree; Burkes; King (4938); 1955

Rome, NY, August 24, 1940

Train Robbers Shackle Mail Clerk

Brooks Hall (center) railway mail clerk on a New York Central train held up by six gunmen at the Marble Hill station in New York City, was shackled to an iron post in the mail car, along with his companion. The robbers escaped with a mail pouch which they apparently thought carried money shipments but which postal authorities said carried nothing of value.

“Kaycee On My Mind”; Pete Johnson; Dave Dexter; Decca (3384 B); August 23, 1940

Albany, August 24, 1940 (Associated Press Photo)

Shackled by Train Robbers

“Blues On The Down Beat”; Pete Johnson; Decca (3384A), August 23, 1940

“I Wish All My Children Were Babies Again;” Gene Autry; Baxley; Conqueror (9806); Publication date: August 11, 1941

Weegee, PM, August 11, 1941


Weegee, Weegee’s World, 1997, p. 60

“I’m Comin’ Home Darlin'”; Gene Autry; Autry; Hoefle; Dean; Conqueror (9806); Publication date: August 11, 1941

August 11, 2022

“Heat Wave”; Ethel Waters; Berlin; Columbia (2826-D); 1933

Weegee, Herald Tribune, August 4, 1940

Heat-Wave Nocturne in Downtown New York

Weegee, “Naked City,” 1945

“Heat Wave”; Marilyn Monroe; 20th Century-Fox Orchestra and Chorus; Irving Berlin; RCA Victor (20-6033); 1955

“Wee Baby Blues”; Art Tatum And His Band; Joe Turner; Decca (48062 A); January 21, 1941

Unidentified Photographer, ca. 2022 (Screenshot)

“The Gee Gee Walk”; Gone All Stars; Buddy Lucas; Westbrook; Goldner; Gone (Gone 5025); 1958

“Gee Gee Blues”; Vince Di Maggio; Universal (U-125); 1948

“The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall”; Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; Mike Jackson; Bubsy Meyers; Decca (23629 A / 23629 B); Publication date: July 21, 1942

PM, July 21, p. 32 (Photos by Weegee and Irving Haberman)

Yes, It Was Hottest Day of the Year All Right, All Right

Yesterday thermometer showed 92.6 at 4:45 p.m. – highest of 1942. At 1 a.m yesterday it was 85 – that was when this mam opened fire hydrant.
PM, July 21, p. 32

“Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five”; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; Mike Jackson; William Weldon; Shepard; Williams; Decca (23628 A); Publication date: July 21, 1942

“When My Baby Left Me”; Cootie Williams and his Orchestra; Williams; Vinson; Eddie Vinson; Capitol (266); Publication date: July 19, 1945

The New York Post, July 19, p. 19


By John Adam Knight

Worth Anyone’s $4
[$4 in July 1945 had the same buying power as $65.48 in June 2022.]

All of this is background for a brief review of a fine new picture book, Weegee’s “Naked City” (Essential Books, 243 pp., $4). This is Weegee at his former best, which means virtually unequaled. Most of these pictures were made before the Museum of Modern Art’s kiss of death took effect, and the purchaser need have little fear of being stuck with serious “art.”

What he will get for his $4 is a collection of grauvre reproductions of about 200 stark almost primitive photographs of death, despair and degeneracy in New York between midnight and morning. Though technically poor photographs, almost every one of them tells a gripping, human story, one of the best reasons I know for the invention of the camera.

The paper shortage denies me the pleasure of describing dozens of these pictures individually. I have space only to urge every one interested to buy the book and learn the lesson that Weegee once knew that honesty, a genuine interest in people – all people – and a recognition of what constitutes human interest in pictures can make any of you nearly as great as Weegee once was.

The New York Post, July 19, p. 19

“Echoes Of Harlem”; Cootie Williams And His Orchestra; Cootie Williams; Duke Ellington; Capitol (266); Publication date: July 19, 1945

“Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule”; Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; C. Stewart; W. Davis; D. Groaner; F. Moore; Decca (18734 A); Publication date: July 18, 1945

PM, July 18, 1945

Rave Notice

There’s a new book in the stores today by Weegee, who bills himself as “the famous” – and is…

PM, July 18, 1945

Weegee, Naked City, 1945

77 years ago today…

Happy “Naked City” Day!

“Buzz Me”; Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; F. Moore; D. Baxter; Decca (18734 B); Publication date: July 18, 1945