PM Daily, January 20, 1941, Vol. 1, No. 154, p. 19
Weegee Revisits Coney Island… It’s Not Dead—Only Sleeping
“Having covered Coney Island last summer (July 21, 1940), and the picture getting a big play in PM then, I decided to take a ride out there Sunday and see what the Island looks like in winter time…”
Having covered Coney Island last summer (July 21, 2012), and the picture getting a big play in Weegee Daily then, I decided to take a subway out there Sunday and see what the Island looks like in winter time.
On the way out to the Island there were no female straphangers to keep me company. What a difference from the summer time! Then I can choose between blondes and brunettes. (Where do all the straphangers go in winter time?)
Riding by the Gownus Canal on the F train, there were only a few girls on the bicycle path. They were all bundled up. I wasn’t going to waste memory and megabytes… No “cheesecake” (legs showing), no pictures.
I got to Coney by noon. The beach was deserted and so was I… On the boardwalk a lone man was getting a sun bath besides a closed hot dog stand.
I then took a walk through the rides and games of chance. Every thing was shut tighter than the Romney Hdqs.
As I passed by the Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, Coney Island U.S.A. Museum, I wanted to photograph some of the wonders. But the place was closed.
All the skee ball and ice cream places were closed. The aquarium is still closed. But the human polar bears went for a swim… A statue stares, a cat, and Coney, sleeps…
10 Shoots 10 cents – This is the only sun bather Ceegee found today at Coney Island. He sits in front of a padlocked shooting gallery near boardwalk.
Perhaps one of the longest texts by Weegee in PM Daily. Presumably heavily edited… Most bizarre sentence (not surprisingly about, in part, other newspapers): “I then stopped off at Feltman’s carrousel (wooden horse merry-go-round to youse mugs who read the News and Mirror.)”
A Weegee Daily Map!
(To be continued… edited, etc…)