Amusing article from the NY Times:
October 22, 1995
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1995: PHOTO OP;Remains Of the Day
“Miles Barth recently discovered Weegee.
It’s about time, you might think, since Barth (right) is the curator of archives and collections at the Int. Center of Photos and Weegee was the photographer whose stark pictures of croaked gangsters filled New York’s tabloids in the 30’s and 40’s and bared what he called “the naked city.” No, Barth knew the work; it was the man’s essence he discovered.
His real name was Arthur Fellig, but New York baptized him Weegee because of the Ouija board that was said to get him to a cadaver faster than a cop. He died in 1968 and his companion, Wilma Wilcox, 25 years later; eventually, his life’s work ended up at the center and with Barth: cartons, boxes, packages. And one paper bag.
In the bag was a six-inch- square cardboard box. “I thought it was most likely a broken lens,” Barth says. But there was a label. And what it said was, “Contents: Arthur Fellig.” And that’s exactly who was there. His ashes now repose, in the still-unopened box, alongside his negatives. There are eight million stories in Weegee’s naked city. This is his.”
Unfortunately, the ashes no longer reside near Times Square, they gave someone the “hee-bee-gee-bees” and the ashes have since been dispersed at sea…