Weegee Daily… January 11, 1943… Pleasure Driving Ban Raises Crop of Windshield Excuses…

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PM Daily, January 11, 1943, Vol. 3. No. 178, p. 5

Wartime in New York:
Pleasure Driving Ban Raises Crop of Windshield Excuses
The few automobiles that must be about on business or other legitimate errands attract eagle-eyed cops and OPA investigators. To keep out of trouble, drivers decorate windshield with notes and signs. Examples on this page were found in midtown district by Weegee.

Shipworker’s car in midtown.
Apparently left by a tow-car driver on a hapless car parked on Manhattan Street.
What hardhearted OPA inspector would question a mission?
Somebody had a leak in his mechanical refrigerator, so-o-o…
Plumber’s emergency service car, plainly identified.
Coast Guard keeps sign on reverse side of adjustable sunshade.
Hand-made sign explains a service man’s situation.
Special dispensation for service men on leave.

Photos by Weegee, PM


Weegee Daily, January 11, 1943
Wartime(?) (Are We Still at War? There’s Always a War Somewhere) New York:

Too Many Cars in Midtown Manhattan Raises Crop of Windshield Signs.
The too many automobiles that are about on business or other legitimate reasons attract eagle-eyed NYC Traffic Enforcement Agents and potential customers. To keep out of trouble and/or attract attention, drivers decorate windshield and windows, with notes and signs. Examples on this page were found in midtown district by Ceegee.

Hand-made sign explains a doorman’s situation.

Photos by Ceegee, WD

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