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1941


Uncle Moses, p. 125


Uncle Moses, p. 134


Uncle Moses; a novel, Sholem Asch (1880-1957), Isaac Goldberg (1887-1938), translator, 1920


“On a Sunday at Coney Island,” Gordon MacRae and the Cheerleaders; Carmen Dragon; Vernon Cross; Jeffrey Curtis, 1951

Celebrating the solstice with a trip to Coney Island in June… (And an early reference to “a naked city…”) “…Everything was permissible; the whole world intermingled.” Weegee, the war-time photographer, filled a centerfold with pictures and words of the “escapist crowd,” made on a Sunday at Coney Island… (Like a Stonehenge for midsummer sweltering city-dwellers…) The spread is a sequel of sorts to the previous years’ successful Coney centerfold: “Yesterday at Coney Island… Temperature 89… They Came Early, Stayed Late.” And a sprinkling of songs released in June 1941; possibly heard on the portable radios playing swing…


“She’s Love Crazy”, Tampa Red, Hudson Whittaker, June 1941

Coney Island Revisited… Pictures and Words by Weegee

I was one of 800,000 people – cops’ estimate – at Coney Island yesterday afternoon. It as an escapist crowd. Portable radios played swing instead of war news. Some planes flew over, but nobody paid much attention.

Most of the people arrived with bathing suits under their street clothes and undressed on the beach. A lot brought their lunches, too, and spread newspapers on sand to eat. It was 87 degrees when I took this picture.

First aid for ripped slacks. I don’t know how Mama happened to bring along her needle and thread, but I didn’t pose the picture. You don’t have to that to get amusing pictures at Coney. I go out every summer to photograph the crowds. They’re always the same – and always different. One difference from 1940 and yesterday was the number of soldiers in uniform on boardwalk looking over the gals on sand below.

Waiting three hours to get a picture of the official first lost child of the season when a man came over to the Park Department attendant with this and and, “Lost child.” Pretty soon his wild-eyed mother came up and took him away. The child was making such a rumpus, and the mother seemed so excited about it all, that I didn’t want to bother them to ask their names and address. PM Photos by Weegee

PM, June 9, 1941, pp. 16-17


“Sixth Avenue Express”, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, June 1941


“Rock Me Mama,” Art Tatum And His Band, Joe Turner, Jones, June 1941


“Lonesome Graveyard”, Art Tatum and His Band, Joe Turner, Jones, Williams, June 1941


The New York Times, June 20, 1941

Lepke Must Stand Trial

Appeal in Brooklyn Murder Case Denied by Federal Judge

(80 years ago today…)


“MY MAIN TRIAL IS YET TO COME”, Cope Bros., Englin, 1947


The New York Times, June 13, 1941

2 In Murder Ring Are Put to Death

Pittsburgh Phil Strauss and Buggsy Goldstein Go to Chair for Brooklyn Slaying

83 Killings Laid to Gang

Strauss Was Termed the ‘Most Vicious’ of Mob – Workman Goes to Jersey Prison


…Straus and Goldstein were convicted last Sept. 19 in Kings County Court of the contract slaying of Irving (Puggy) Feinstein, a small-time bookmaker, on Sept. 4, 1939…

Midway through the most significant year in Weegee’s world… (80 years and one week ago today…) The info from Abe Reles… And then the work of O’Dwyer, Turkus, Dewey, Bals, etc., etc…


SING, SING, SING (Part 1), Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, 1937


[Pittsburgh Phil Strauss and Buggsy Goldstein, Brooklyn, NY, April 1940], Life, September 1940 (Unidentified photographer)


SING, SING, SING (Part 2), Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, 1937


The New York Times, June 10, 1941

Midway through one of the most significant years in Weegee’s world… (80 years ago this week…) The info from Abe Reles… The work of O’Dwyer, Turkus, Dewey, Bals, etc… was significantly disrupting the “Brooklyn murder syndicate;” the “underworld”…


Let the Punishment Fit the Crime,” Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra; Jimmy Mitchelle; W. S. Gilbert; Sir Arthur Sullivan; Charles L. Cooke, 1939


It’s Hard To Be Shut Up In Prison,” The Blind Soldier, David Miller, 1931

Charlie, The Bug, Gets Life Sentence After Undertaker Cohen Blasts Alibi for Killing

By John Kobler

Within 10 minutes after court convened yesterday and before his lawyers could barely get their defense wheeling, Charlie (The Bug) Workman was a cooked goose…

The six-year-old mystery of who killed Dutch Schultz had been penetrated. The deck was now clear for Mr. O’Dwyer to shoot at bigger game – Lepke Buchalter himself, who comes up for trial July 14.


PM, June 11, 1941, p.18 (PM Photo by Michael Strepka)


Jail Bird,” Sonny Knight; Jack Collier Orchestra; Bruce Morgan, 1956


PM, March 2, 1941


Weegee (1899-1968) and Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976), July 1945

A picture with somebody in it sells better than a picture of a lifeless object. So Weegee sometimes puts himself in his picture-shooting them by “remote control.” Here he is posing as a “curious passerby” looking at the body of a Brooklyn murder victim found in t trunk near the Gowanus Canal.

Weegee makes friends readily. On a Chinatown assignment, he got this New Year’s lucky wish from a Chinese girl. He has a photo of her painting ot pinned above his bed (picture on next page). It is characteristic of him to have his picture taken this way. The cigar is standard equipment.

Weegee’s room shows his devotion to his job. On top of his regular radio is a police short-wave radio and a loudspeaker attached to it dangles over his bed. On the floor are his special “murder shoes” – at left – and his “snow shoes.” He keeps his “fire shoes” in his car. The wall decorations are examples of his work and certificates of awards for prize-winning pictures. The cardboard boxes at the extreme right are his disorderly “files.” The typewriter is his latest acquisition. He has recently taken up writing – a field in which he shows rather starltinh talent. We don’t know what the Flit is for.

PM, March 9, 1941, pp. 50-51

Today we are celebrating the birth of Weegee!


The Verdict Is In (And You’re Guilty), Shorty Long and the Santa Fe Rangers, 1948

Knadles is guilty...


Guilty, Wayne King and His Orchestra; Ernie Birchill; Kahn; Akst; Whiting, 1931


Guilty, Margaret Whiting; Jerry Gray; Akst; Kahn; Whiting, 1946


Guilty, Monica Lewis; The Chelsea Three; Kahn; Akst; Whiting, 1947


Guilty, Ella Fitzgerald; Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra; Eddie Heywood; Gus Gahn; Harry Akst; Richard A. Whiting, 1947


Guilty, Buddy DeVal; Don Grashey, 1955


“This is the bull’s-eye an air raider would head for…”


Dive Bombers (Zooming and Diving), 1960





PM, May 25, 1941

How N.Y. Prepares to Defend Itself From Bombers

Raids Wouldn’t Catch City Napping Though Nobody Is Sure What Would Happen to Skyscrapers or Where People Would Shelter

by Robert Rice…

Emergency Services Are Ready for Action


I’m Guilty, Lonnie Johnson, 1952

Newspaper PM, article about Murder Inc. member or associate
PM, May 23, 1941, p. 9

“Up From the Slums, or How Young Knadles Nitzberg Made His Nark” by John Kobler

PM newspaper, Weegee photo of kids on fire escape
PM, May 23, 1941, p. 23

Record of a New York Day

“The hot weather last night took Weegee, the photographer, to the Lower East Side, where he found these children sleeping on a tenement fire escape at Irving and Rivington Streets. Weegee says he gave the kids $2 for ice cream, but their father took charge of the dough.”

Weegee's book Naked City
Weegee, Naked City, pp. 22-23

Tenement Penthouse

But the other fire escape is somewhat overcrowded… its not so bad sleeping that way… except when it starts to rain… then it’s back to the stuffy tenement rooms.”

[$2 had the same buying power as $38.15 in April 2021.]


Tenement Symphony,” Larry Clinton’s Bluebird Orch.; Kuller; Golden; Borne; Peggy Mann and Butch Stone, 1941


PM, May 23, 1941, p. 13 (photo by Gene Badger)

A Hot-Weather Fashion Preview by the Dead End Kids
Scene: East River. Time 3 p.m. Temperature: 90.7.


PM, May 18, 1941

Annual hobo convention in Jersey City, NJ… “What Are We Going To Do About It?”… Abe Reles believes in God… “Yes, but I had my manner of living. It was my business.” (Murder really was his business… too.)… “The Human Element is Important, Too…”… Rev. Utah Smith at MoMA’s “Coffee Concert”…