Recent Auctions: “CENSUS-TAKERS INVADE BOWERY”

7″ x 9″
Sold for: $898.88

Perhaps more importantly, caption (slug) on the back says:

“CENSUS-TAKERS INVADE BOWERY”
New York: Down to the street of forgotten men – The Bowery – went Uncle Sam’s census-takers, April 8, to invade 15 cent flop houses, missions, etc. In quest of information for the 1940 census. A sad sight to meet their eyes was this – in an all night mission as 8 Bowery – were men without the price of a flop house sit and sleep on these benches.
Credit Line (ACME)
4/9/40 (WS)

(This image is in Weegee’s World, p.44, with what appears to be an incorrect title and date. Photo made in same place, presumably eight months later…)


Weegee’s World, p.44
“‘The Bowery, in all night mission, men sit on benches, … some thinking,’ December 26, 1940”


PM, December 26, 1940, p.15

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