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1941


“I Wish All My Children Were Babies Again;” Gene Autry; Baxley; Conqueror (9806); Publication date: August 11, 1941


Weegee, PM, August 11, 1941

Bandit


Weegee, Weegee’s World, 1997, p. 60


“I’m Comin’ Home Darlin'”; Gene Autry; Autry; Hoefle; Dean; Conqueror (9806); Publication date: August 11, 1941


August 11, 2022


“Happy Birthday”; Eddie Davis and his Orchestra; Sittin’ In With (520); 1949


PM, March 2, 1941


[Eegeew dna Yram Teragram EdirBcm], Yluj 91, 5491


“Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”; The Tune Weavers; Frank Paul’s Orch.; M. Sylvia; G. Lopez; Checker (872); 1957


PM, March 9, 1941

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 trunk near the Gowanus Canal.
PM, March 9, 1941


“Happy Birthday To You”; Raymond Scott and his New Orchestra; Clyde Burke; M. J. Hill; Columbia (35864); November 29, 1940


“Happy Birthday”; Craven Edwards And his Lazy K-Ranch Boys; Len Stokes; Hill; Diamond (2007-A); June 1946


PM, March 9, 1941

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 it pinned above his bed (see picture on next page). It is characteristic of him to have his picture taken this way. The cigar is standard equipment.
PM, March 9, 1941


“Today Is Your Birthday”; The Enchanters; Buddy Lucas and his Band of Tomorrow; Bernstein; Levine; Odom; Geritz; Jubilee (5072); 1952


“Happy Birthday Father (From)”; Harry Tush and his Society Orchestra; Rondoliers; Avalon (502A)


PM, March 9, 1941

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 startling talent. We don’t know what the Flit is for.
PM, March 9, 1941


Weegee (1899-1968) and Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976), July 19, 1945


“Birthday Party”; Sil Austin; J. CollinsMercury (71027); December 25, 1956

Happy Birthday Weegee… born 123 years ago today…


“Babies Crying (Continuous)”; Standard Sound Effect (036255)


“Dear Old Southland”; Duke Ellington; Creamer; Layton; Victor (27564-B); Recorded May 14, 1941


Unidentified Photographer, AP, May 14, 1941

Victors’ Chorus
Winners and runners-up in the Brooklyn Methodist hospital’s “most perfect baby” contest doesn’t seem happy about it…


“Blues in My Condition”; Cootie Williams and His Orchestra; Williams; Columbia (MZ 363); May 7, 1941


Brooklyn Eagle, May 13, 1941


“Boogie Woogie Man”; Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons; Ammons; Johnson; Victor (27505-A); May 7, 1941


Unidentified Photographer, Brooklyn Eagle, May 14, 1941


Boilermaker’s Baby Tops

Howling successes are these babies, all prize winners in Methodist Hospital’s annual perfect baby contest…


“Pete’s Mixture”; Pete Johnson; Dave Dexter; Decca (8582B); May 8, 1941


Unidentified Photographer, Buffalo, May 16, 1941

What? Sextuplets?
No, it’s just the six winners and runners-up in the Brooklyn Methodist Hospital’s “most perfect baby” contest…


“Barrel House Boogie”; Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons; Ammons; Johnson; Victor (27504-B); May 7, 1941


Unidentified Photographer, New York Sun, May 14, 1941


“Death Ray Boogie”; Pete Johnson; Dave Dexter; Decca (3830B); May 8, 1941


Weegee, PM, May 14, 1941, p. 17


“Basement Boogie”; Pete Johnson; Decca (3830A); May 8, 1941


“Baby Crying (Continuous)”; Major (5001 A); 1960


Weegee, PM, May 14, 1941, p 17

Meet Methodist Hospital’s Most Perfect Baby

One of these six babies, all of them born last year in the maternity ward of the Methodist Hospital, Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, will soon be named the most perfect baby of the year. The nurses are lining them up to be judged by the pediatricians as part of the hospital’s fourth annual Perfect Baby Contest yesterday. The fist baby on the left is making a grab for the first prize, perhaps it’s an omen. The others don’t seem to be very much interested. Which of the six do you think should win?


Weegee, PM, May 14, 1941, p. 17


Weegee, PM, May 14, 1941, p. 17


“Solitude”; Duke Ellington; Victor (27564-A); Recorded May 14, 1941


“Murderistic”; Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra; Joe Lippman; Decca (4356 A); Publication date: December 22, 1941


PM, December 22, 1941, p.1


“Remember Pearl Harbor”; Eddy Howard and his Orchestra; Eddy Howard; Reid; S. Kaye; Columbia (36497); Publication date: December 22, 1941



PM, December 22, 1941, p.11 (Second photo by Weegee published after Pearl Harbor; one of only four published in PM in December 1941.)

Ticking of the clock brought on police investigation. PM Photo by Weegee

Police Solve Mystery Of Ticking Suitcase

But Virtually Ruin Contents By Soaking It in Oil

An attendant at the Pennsylvania Station parcel-checking room wasn’t taking any chances yesterday when he picked up a suitcase and heard a ticking noise inside it. He called police.

Bomb squad detectives took the suitcase to a nearby parking lot, soaked it in oil and opened it. They found an alarm clock, the hands indicating 5:28; three pairs of women’s shoes, a raincoat, a meat chopper, two flatirons, two brushes and woman’s undies.

The suitcase was returned to the checkroom, the contents a bit the worse for the oil.


“We Did It Before And We Can Do It Again”; Eddy Howard and his Orchestra; Friend; C. Tobias; Columbia (36497); Publication date: December 22, 1941


PM, December 22, 1941, p.12

How To Convert Your Home Into A Bomb Shelter


“Life is Fine”; Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra; James Young and Ensemble; James Young; Decca (4289 A); Publication date: December 22, 1941


PM, December 22, 1941, p.21

Brooklyn’s Claim To Dying Fame


“I’m Losing My Mind (Because Of You)”; Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra; Dan Grissom; Herb Waters; Ted Choate; Mary Schaeffer; Decca (4289 B); Publication date: December 22, 1941

The actual candy sore on the corner of Saratoga and Livonia Aves., once owned by Rose Gold. Today it’s a refurbished and reputable establishment. Photo by Steven Derry, PM


“What Is This Thing Called Love?”; Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra; Cole Porter; Connie Haines; Victor (27782-A); Publication date: December 22, 1941

Albert Anastasia

Happy Maione

Abe Reles


“Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) – Part 1”; Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra; Harold Arlen; Johnny Mercer; Decca (4125 A); Publication date: December 22, 1941

Albert Happy Abe


“I Don’t Want to Walk without You”; Erskine Hawkins (The Twentieth Century Gabriel); Ida James; Frank Loesser; Jule Styne; Bluebird (B-11439-B); Publication date: December 22, 1941


“Sometimes”; Ginny Simms; G. Kahn; C. Lombardo; Okeh (6566); Publication date: December 18, 1941

City Has No Whistle
So Mayor Considers Small Ones Hung at Street Corners


“Skylark”; Ginny Simms; Mercer; Carmichael; Okeh (6618); Publication date: December 18, 1941

Blackout Protection Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive


“Someone’s Rocking My Dream Boat”; Ginny Simms; L. Rene; E. Scott; O. Rene; Okeh (6566); Publication date: December 18, 1941

Actual Scenes From America’s First Battle in 2d World War

Friend or Foe? Here’s How to Recognize War Planes


PM, December 18, 1941 (Photos by John Albert and Wide World)


“Let’s Put the Axe to the Axis”; Abe Lyman and his Californians; Corday; Mann; Weiss; The Four Eton Boys; Bluebird (B-11410-A); Publication date: December 18, 1941


“Remember Pearl Harbor”; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye; Don Reid; Sammy Kaye; Victor (27738-A); Publication date: December 17, 1941

Hawaii Raid In Photos 9 Pages

PEARL HARBOR: Nine Pages of Pictures

First Photos of the Battle of Pearl Harbor…

…Show How Viciously Army Posts Were Bombed

A Direct Hit on a Pleasure Car Took Three…


“Marching Along Together”; Xavier Cugat and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra; Cugat Chorus; Dixon; Pola; Steininger; Columbia (36496); Publication date: December 17, 1941

U.S. Planes Were Stopped Before They Took Off…

…While Japanese Set Countless Fires Near Honolulu

U.S. Soldiers Stand Guard…


PM, December 17, 1941 (Photos by U.S. Army from Wide World and Movietone News)


“Viva Roosevelt!”; Xavier Cugat and his Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra; Leonard Stokes; Miguelito Valdes; Cugat Chorus; Cugat; Stillman; Columbia (36496); Publication date: December 17, 1941


“The Star Spangled Banner”; Kate Smith and The Kate Smith Singers; Key; Smith; Jack Miller; Columbia (36511); Publication date: December 16, 1941


PM, December 16, 1941, p. 6

Full Text of the President’s Message to Congress…


“America, I Love You”; Kate Smith and The Kate Smith Singers; Leslie Gottier; Jack Miller; Columbia (36511); Publication date: December 16, 1941


PM, December 16, 1941, p. 7

..How Japan, Step by Step, Forced War in the pacific


“The Bill Of Rights”; Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights; Myers; Gorney; Columbia (35865); November 27, 1940


PM, December 16, 1941, p. 15

New York Solemnly Observes Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day – the 150th anniversary of the signing of the great document by the last of the original states, was marked elaborately in New York. Most impressive was this salute to the flag (see Mayor Fiorella La Guardia in front row) at City Hall.
Photo by Gene Badger

Before… Test Air-Raid Alarm in Times Square… After

The usual 10 a.m. traffic, the usual pedestrian, swarmed through Times Square at 10 a.m. Then police rehearsed a raid alarm…

Pedestrian were hustled off the streets, trolly cars and buses were emptied. Hurray – it works!
Photos by Wide World


[End of] “President Roosevelt Bill Of Rights Speech”; President Franklin D. Roosevelt (KHJ radio); Publication date: December 15, 1941


“Whoopee!!”; Ben Selvin and His Orchestra; De Sylva; Brown; Conrad; Vocalion (B 15154); November 23, 1925


The New York Times, December 16, 1941

LEPKE DEFENDANT IS FREED BY COURT

Printer Cleared of Operating ‘Front’ for $10,000,000 Narcotics Ring


“Whoopie Cha Cha”; Randy Carlos and his Orch.; Donaldson; Kahn; Rainbow (363); 1956


“He’s 1-A in the Army and He’s A-1 in My Heart”; Johnny Long And His Orchestra; Helen Young; Redd Evans; Decca (4115 A); Publication date: December 15, 1941


PM, December 15, 1941, p. 14

Air Raid Instructions for Teachers, Pupils and Parents


“Stormy Weather; Ill Wind”; Ted Koehler; Ned Freeman; Lou Bring; Harold Arlen; Lena Horne; Victor (27819-A / 27819-B); Publication date: December 15, 1941



PM, December 15, 1941, pp. 16-17

This Is Everybody’s War, And Here Are Some Of The Things Americans Can Do About It


“The Man I Love; Where or When”; Richard Rodgers; Lena Horne; Ira and George Gershwin; Lou Bring; Ned Freeman; Lorenz Hart; RCA Victor (27818-A / 27818-B); Publication date: December 15, 1941


“If It’s Any News to You”; Clyde Bernhardt and his Blue Blazers; Clyde Bernhardt; Bernhardt; Hilliard; Sonora (109-B); 1946


“Looking the World Over”; Memphis Minnie; Lawler; Okeh (6707); December 12, 1941


“No Good”; Bob Chester and his Orchestra; Alvin; Melisande; Better Bradley; Bluebird (B-11428-B); Publication date; December 12, 1941


“Black Rat Swing”; Little Son Joe; Lawler; Okeh (6707); December 12, 1941


“Blackout”; Erskine Hawkins (The Twentieth Century Gabriel); Averi Parrish; Sam Lowe; Bluebird (B-11192-B); May 15, 1941


PM, December 12, 1941


“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” Parts 1 and 2; Sterling Holloway; Harry Sosnik; Dr. Seuss; December 12, 1941

December 12, 1941


“If It’s News to You”; Little Esther; Singleton; McCoy; Savoy (1516); May 2, 1956

PM Changes News Arrangement


“B-19”; Harry James and his Orchestra; James; Holmes; Columbia (36478); Publication date: December 11, 1941

Approaches to New York Harbor Mined by Navy


“Skyscraper”; “Flip” Phillips Fliptet; Phillips; Bauer; Neil Hefti; Aaron Sachs; Bill Harris; Joe Phillips; Ralph Burns; Chubby Jackson; Billy Bauer; Dave Tough; Signature (28106-A); October 2, 1944

New York Has Skyscrapers for Air Raid Shelters

Simple Safety Rules Will Save Lives When the Bombers Come

Since the began in 1939, automobiles have killed more civilians in America than bombs in Britain…


“Skyscraper Blues”; Dick Haymes; Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra; Gordon Jenkins; Tom Adair; Decca (24606 A); December 27, 1947

Simple Rules Show How to Make a Home Safer in Raids


“I’ve Heard That [Air Raid] Before”; Harry James and his Orchestra; Helen Forrest; Styne; Cahn; Columbia (37521); Publication date: December 11, 1941 and “Air Raid”; Major (5026 A); 1960

Blackout Curtains Will Hinder Night Bomb Raiding

‘Ghost’ Stripes Mark Blacked-Out Automobiles

PM, December 11, 1941


“Blackout Blues”; Billie Hayes; Peter Pan; Leslie Beacon; Beacon (5002-A); June 1943