Happy Summer… “Beneath its comic surface…”

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Delightful shot of city children keeping cool during sumer heat is used as an end piece for the book. Everybody in the book is having fun in a frenzied, sprawling way. Beneath its comic surface, Weegee’s People is poignantly sad.”

Poignantly sad?!?! We disagree. Weegee’s People is full of incipient early post war optimism… poignantly comic…

(Hey, there’s an AF number on the upper left corner of this photo… it must have been made around 1943, or 1943-1945.)

Today, we call this photo: Summer, Upper West Side, 1943-44

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