“This Photo Sold for Use in One Publication Only, not to be resold, loaned, syndicated, or used for advertising purposes without written permission. Credit Line Must Read Photo by A. Fellig, 5 Center Market Place N. Y. C.”
Used between 1937-1938. Purple ink.
“Credit Photo by WEEGEE, The Famous”
Found on photos from 1937-1945, but most common on photos from 1941-1945. Mostly pinkish-purple ink. (We think Weegee used this stamp from 1941-1945, after he was famous.)
“Credit Line Must Read, WEE GEE PHOTO, 5 Center Market Place, N.Y.C. This picture is sold to you for your publication only and must not be loaned, syndicated, or used for advertising purposes without written permission from us.”
Used between 1944-1945. Red Ink.
“Acme Pictures, Inc. Eighth Ave. New York City, Please Credit ‘Acme Photo’. This picture is sold to you for your publication only and must not be loaned, syndicated or used for advertising purposes without written permission from us.”
Used between 1940-1945. Red ink.
WTF, or what is this nonsense? Several years ago a brilliant colleague and I looked though thousands of Weegee’s photos that had a definitive published date. And then we looked at the backs of those prints. The above, approximate dates of when the stamps were used and the most common ink colors, is the result of our work. Obviously it’s not perfect; we couldn’t look at every Weegee photo; a photo could have been stamped at any time, etc., etc… Nevertheless, it’s probably not too wrong, it’s a start, a step in the right direction…
Weegee’s stamps, from the GEH’s Notes on Photographs webpage (a link is here). (All images are screen shots from that webpage:-)
To be continued…