“Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule”; Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; C. Stewart; W. Davis; D. Groaner; F. Moore; July 18, 1945

PM, July 18, 1945

From the Editor

Rave Notice

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

It’s a book of pictures – pictures such as you’ve never seen before, except maybe in PM. it is called Naked City, published by Essential Books, sells for $4 – and is worth it…

“Buzz Me,” Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; F. Moore; D. Baxter; July 18, 1945

PM, July 18, 1941

Wrong Number: At least that’s the expression on Rainbow’s face…

“Wrong Number”; Red River Dave; McEnery; The Texas Tophands; 1949

“Novachord Solos”; Kern; Washington; Romberg; Rodgers; Bassman; Fred Feibel; Harbach; Youmans; Caesar; Hammerstein II; Williams; Hickman; Hart; Cole Porter; July 17, 1941

The New York Times, July 17, 1941

Lepke Asks Change of Venue

A few great recordings released today, July 17, 1941:

“No Answer”; Andy Kirk And His Clouds of Joy; Henry Wells; Guy Wood; Al Hoffman; Maurice Siegler; July 17, 1941

“Tarzan Of The Apes – Part 1”; Tarzan Players; Edgar Rice Burroughs; July 17, 1941

“Wee Wee Hours”; Big Bill Broonzy; July 17, 1941

“Patience And Fortitude”; Count Basie and his Orchestra; Jimmy Rushing; Warren; Moore, Jr.; 1946

“Patience And Fortitude”; BENNY CARTER and his ORCHESTRA; Benny Carter and Bixie Harris; Warren & Moore; Walter Fuller; 1946

PM, July 13, 1941, pp. 48-49 (photos by Thurman Rotan, Torkel Korling, Ruth Bernhard, and R.L. Doty, etc.)

PATIENCE Is What You Need to Take Cat Pictures

by Ralph Steiner

Cats are like children in that most people like them. Many people photograph them. They both are easy to photograph: they aren’t camera shy, and they assume an infinity of expressions and positions. There should be a wealth of good pictures of cats and children, yet there isn’t. It has taken a long time and a lot of searching to assemble the few good cat pictures you see here.

To make good photographs of cats the photographer does not have to be a great mind, a deep thinker, or a super-sensitive artist. He just has to be patient enough to wait until his subject is most expressive of some cat quality that appeals to him. Cats can be wise, foolish, elegant, awkward, playful, serious, tame, wild, social, independent, active and passive. They can react like humans to a situation, and some of their expressions can resemble ours.

Cat photographers should use their own observation to add to this catalog of cat facets. They should then use it as a guide to more interesting and more cat-like pictures.

PM Weekly, July 13, 1941, pp. 48-49 (photos by Thurman Rotan, Torkel Korling, Ruth Bernhard, and R.L. Doty, etc.)

“Patience and Fortitude”; Andrews Sisters; Vic Schoen and His Orchestra; Billy Moore, Jr.; Blackie Warren; 1945

PM, July 13, 1941, pp. 48-49 (photos by Thurman Rotan, Torkel Korling, Ruth Bernhard, and R.L. Doty, etc.)

Entirely irrelevant, a few songs released today, July 13, 1942:

“Swing Out To Victory”; “Fats” Waller and his Rhythm; Ed Kirkeby; Thos. “Fats” Waller; “Fats” Waller; July 13, 1942.

“Up Jumped You with Love”; “Fats” Waller and his Rhythm; “Fats” Waller; Ed Kirkeby; Thos. “Fats” Waller; July 13, 1942.

“Cuba Libre”; Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra; Lina Romay; Stillman; Cugat; Asherman; November 26, 1940

Batista Favored in Cuban Elections

“Planes”; [“(1) Dive Bomber Zooming; (2) Dive Bomber Zooming; (3) PB40 Plane Zooming; (4) P84 Plane Zooming; (5) P84 Plane Zooming; (6) Tri-Motor Bomber Passing Overhead”]; 1960

Arming The U.S.A.

Building and equipping war planes has become a major industry in Jamaica, Queens… The instrument is the view finder of an aerial military camera. It acts like the wrong end of a telescope in distorting the man’s face… Aerial cameras are indispensable in modern war… Photo by Alan Fisher.

“Air Raid”; [(Alert Sirens, Planes, Planes Overhead, Bursting Bombs, Building Crashing, Glass Splinters, and All Clear)], ca. 1960

Lightning, Rain, Trouble

Lightning smashed the skylight on Kanter’s Department Store, 132 W. 125th St. did $5,000 damage (estimated) to the stock. Photo by Weegee

[$5,000, in July 1940, had the same buying power as $96,141.07, in May 2021.]

“Continuous Thunder”; 1960

Joan Crawford, Shopping at Macy’s Finds a Camera Man There
Photo by Peter Killian, PM Staff

“IT’S ALL SO NEW TO ME (Todo es Tan Distinto)”; Joan Crawford Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Star; Marty Symes; Bernice Petkere; Nat W. Finston; 1939

“I’M NO COMMUNIST”; LULU BELLE AND SCOTTY; Lulu Belle & Scotty; Wiseman; 1952

Family Album

John Albert, of PM’s photographic staff, is the first entry in out Family Album who’s a native New Yorker. Here he’s shown working in PM’s laboratory… Photo by Leo Lieb, PM Staff

“The Camera Doesn’t Lie (Neither Do I) (La Camara No Miente),” Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra; Buddy Clarke; Edgar Leslie; Joe Burke, 1937

PM, July 12, 1940

A few songs released today, July 12, 1940:

“SULTAN SERENADE”; HORACE HENDERSON and his ORCHESTRA; F. Henderson; July 12, 1940

“DO RE MI”; Horace Henderson and his Orchestra; H. Henderson; July 12, 1940

“SOMETIMES I’M HAPPY”; “Music of Yesterday and Today Styled the Blue Barron Way”; Russ Carlyle; Irving Caesar; Vincent Youmans; July 12, 1940 [Thinking of Sun Ra and June Tyson…]

Danger! Men Blasting,” Abe Lyman and his Californians; Don Raye; Harry James; Rose Blane; 1939

M.K. Gandhi: A New Picture Of Britain’s Friendly Enemy

Detour,” Spade Cooley and his Orchestra; Oakle, Arkle and Tex; Westmoreland; 1945

[Margaret] Bourke-White Finds Soviet Women Eager To Go To Front… Many Volunteer As Nuses

Detour Ahead,” Billie Holiday (Lady Day); Tiny Grimes’ Sextext; Frigo; Carter; Ellis; 1951

Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s great inventors, celebrated his 84th birthday…

Stranger You’re In Danger,” Millie Craig; Velvatones; Don Massey Orchestra; Gene Smith, 1954

PM, July 11, 1941

DEPARTMENT OF INDIGNATION… Danger! Traffic Signs Ahead

This no U-turn stanchion was in the middle of the street on West 34th Street opposite Macy’s at 4:30 a.m. It had no red warning lantern.

This detour sign at the entrance to the park at Central Park West and 81st Street, is also without a lantern in the middle of the night.

At West 109th St. and Amsterdam Ave., this sign was left in the center of the roadway all night in a two-way street, a menace to traffic.

No red lantern warns motorists of this standard at Broadway and 44th St. It should have been put on the sidewalk or lighted.

This lantern isn’t much good as a warning device. It was clipped by a passing car and broken It wasn’t replaced all night.
PM Photos by Weegee

PM, July 11, 1941, p. 19

Danger In The Dark,” Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra; Larry Taylor; Al Dubin; Jimmy McHugh; 1939

The New York Times, July 9, 1941


Former Official of Union Has Knowledge of Murder, Prosecutor Asserts

Bond Is Fixed at $25,000

Defendant Harbored Witness in Rosen Killing in Brooklyn, Court is Told

The New York Times, July 9, 1941

In today’s Lepke (and/or Murder Inc. and/or “underworld”) news… the significant murder trial of “garment trucker” Joseph Rosen rolls on…

Entirely irrelevant, a few songs released today, July 10th:

Pennsylvania Polka,” Sam Donahue and his Orchestra; Bob Matthews; Lee; Manners; July 10, 1942

“The One That Got Away,” Slam Stewart Quintet; Slam Stewart; Red Norvo; Johnny Guarnieri; Morey Feld; Chuck Wayne; Leonard Feather; July 10, 1945

“I’ve Kissed You My Last Time,” Kitty Wells; Bill Carlisle; V. Suber; T. Cutrer; July 10, 1953

NO PARKING,” Paul Quinichette and his Orchestra; Quinichette; 1953

PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

Department of Indignation: Illegal Signs

No sign, painting, or printing purporting to give directions, speed limits or other provisions of the Traffic Regulations or manner of driving shall be permitted on the streets or sidewalks or buildings without proper authority. – Section 7 of the Police Department’s Traffic Regulations, as amended Nov. 4, 1940.

Quote that to the doorman who, pointing to a sign like those pictured at right and below, says: You can’t park here!”

For the only No parking sign that can make it stick is the official Police Department sign pictured here.
PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

NO PARKING HERE,” GENE O’QUIN; Billy Fairman; Billey Willey; 1951

1026 Fifth Ave.
1130 Fifth Ave.
233 W. 125th St.
601 Cathedral Pkwy.
13 E. 70h St.
935 Fifth Ave.
2510 Broadway
PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

No Parking (No estacionarse)“, The Cotton Pickers; Napoleon; Raph; Chase; 1929

The superintendent at 789 West End Ave., an apartment house, put on this demonstration for Weegee, who took the pictures, on the page. The sign keeps most parkers away, he said. But once in a while a driver simply pulls up there and, when challenged, “answers with a four-letter word” telling the superintendent what he can do.
PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

Parking Meter Blues,” Shelton Bros. (Bob and Joe); Johnny Hodges; 1939

“YOU AIN’T NOWHERE,” Jimmie Lunceford and his Orch.; Edwin Wilcox; James Crawford; Moses Allen; Al Norris; Willie Smith; Joe Thomas; Ted Buchner; Earl Carruthers; Dan Grisson; Gerald Wilson; Paul Webster; Snookie Young; Elmer Crumbley; James Young; Russell Bowles; Dandridge Sisters; Jordan Redman; Segure; July 9, 1941

(1) Horses and Wagon; (2) Horses Gallop By; (3) One Horse Galloping By Fast

PM, July 8, 1940

McWilliams, Fascist Candidate, Faces His Future Undiscouraged

Joseph Ellsberry McWilliams, Fascist-type candidate of his American Destiny Party for Congressman, is still speaking at Yorkville street-corner meetings undiscouraged by his conviction in court Saturday of disorderly conduct. McWilliams is shown in the driver’s seat of a covered wagon, the emblem of his party. He must appear Wednesday in Felony court to pay a $50 fine or start serving a 30-day jail sentence. Meantime police officials of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut meet here today to study fifth-column problems. Photo by Weegee

1. Horses Hoofs (Turf) 2. Horses Hoofs (Turf) 3. Horses Hoofs (Cobbles), 1932

Weegee, Naked City, 1945, p.231

This is Joe McWilliams, professional anti-Semite and Nazi lover… Don’t make any mistake… that’s handsome Joe at the top of the picture… looking toward his future….

“Horses Don’t Bet on People,” Kay Kyser and his Orchestra; Clyde Rogers; Loeb; 1945

The New York Times, July 7, 1940

The New York Times, July 7, 1940

“My Pony’s Hair Turned Gray (When My Darling Ran Away),” Texas Jim Robertson; Bernard Houben; Mack Kaye; 1940

The New York Times, July 7, 1940 [$1.00 had the same buying power in July 1940 as $19.23 in May 2021.]

We Will Copy Your Favorite Old Photograph
There’s only one way to save those beloved old heirlooms – and that’s to copy them before they fade away forever…

Entirely irrelevant… a few great songs published on July 8, 1940:

“There is No Greater LoveAndy Kirk And His Clouds of Joy; Pha Terrell; Isham Jones; Marty Symes; July 8, 1940

“Midnight Stroll,” Andy Kirk And His Clouds of Joy; June Richmond; Sammy Lowe; Stanley Adams; July 8, 1940

“Now I Lay Me Down To Dream,” Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy; Ted Fio Rito; Eddy Howard; Pha Terrell; July 8, 1940

Crime Does Not Pay,” Frank Luther Trio; Bob Miller; July 1934

I Found You in the Rain,” Tony Pastor and his Orchestra; Eugenie Baird; Harold Barlow; Chopin; July 7, 1941

The New York Times, July 7, 1941


General Sessions Record for 1940 Is Highest in History


Citing Complexity of Task In Manhattan, He Seems Justice Succeeding In Democracy

…Fourteen persons were convicted of first-degree murder in 1940.

Crime Will Never Pay,” Gene Autry and The Pinafores; Carl Cotner; Willard Robison; Jack Pepper, 1951

Weegee, Thomas E. Dewey and Photographers, 1942 (Screenshot from moma.org)

(Might have been a little premature to say: “…confidently that organized crime on a syndicate basis is practically at an end in New York County.”… In Kings County, in July 1941, Murder Inc. was reeling from Reles’ confessions…)

The Blues Have Got Me,” Jack Teagarden And His Orchestra; Jack Teagarden; Charles La Vere; Irving Mills; July 7, 1941

The New York Times, July 7, 1941


I’m Going To Start A Racket,” Lil Green; James Maddox; July 1941

“Spider Sent Me,” Paul Williams Sextette; Paul Williams; Spider Burks St. Louis, 1948

PM, July 5, 1942, p. 7

Coney Island At Noon Saturday

The crowd came later, according to Weegee who wanted a photo that showed some beach and not too many people. The masked man said that he was a laundry man, but would only be photographed incognito. The mask is a gag of his; he call himself the Spider, and likes to frighten people. Weegee didn’t get the names and addresses of the others in the photo, either. PM Photo by Weegee.
PM, July 5, 1942, p. 7

“Just Like a Spider,” Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup; Arthur Crudup, 1947