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1941


PM, March 5, 1941, p. 32

This Man Started His Crime Career at 12
“…by forging his mother’s name to an excuse for absence at school. Now at 23 George Joseph Cvek, a pock-marked hitch-hiker, finds himself handcuffed between detectives behind bars – a confessed thief, rapist and killer (On pages 12 and 13, his clinical profile.) PM Pohoto by Weegee.”



PM, March 5, 1941, pp. 12-13

Portrait of a Killer: George Cvek Got a Bad Start and Kept Going

By John Kobler

“George Joseph Cvek (pronounced Civic), who admits having assaulted and robbed 15 women, raped 3 of them, and murdered a 16th, is one of the most unimaginative rogues ever filed in a Rogues’ Gallery…”


Daily Argus, March 4, 1941, p.1 (Associated Press Photo)


Brooklyn Eagle, March 4, 1941, p. 1 (Wide World Photo)

George Joseph Cvek, described by the NY Times as a 23-year-old “hitch-hike robber,” was arrested Monday, March 3, 1941 in a ” in a cheap midtown Manhattan hotel” (New Mills Hotel at 36th and 7th Ave., WI sconson 7-3254)…

One of the greatest lesser-known Weegee photos, printed as a full page in PM, shows how great the symbiotic relationship between photographer and newspaper…

(To be continued…)


PM, March 2, 1941, p50

A N.Y. Police Reporter’s Impressions of Washington D.C.

Story and Pictures by WEEGEE

“Things were quiet all week in New York. Nothing was popping. There were no big time murders, no roasts (people burned to death at tenement house fires) and no dry divers (people jumping out of windows and off ledges) for me to photograph. So I thought I would go to Washington and do a picture story on what goes on there.

I went on the poor man’s Pullman. I was in no hurry and besides on a bus you can always meet a nice little cutie to keep you company and hold hands with.

At the bus terminal on West 50th St., in the basement, sandwiched in between two doors was an automatic photo machine. I dropped a dime in and had my photo taken. I got the photo in about two minutes. This was the first time I received a mechanical insult…

Inside the juke box was going strong with the Andrews Sisters singing Johnny Peddler… As we left the place the Andrews Sisters in a whiz-bang finale gave everything they had with Beat Me Daddy Eight to a Bar assisted by Woody Herman on Decca record No. 3454…

The Madam then read my palm, asked me the date of my birth, told me I was born under the sign of Cancer, was a very determined person, fickle, but has a kind heart and could make some woman very happy…

The Madam’s crack about me being a salesman reminded me that I was in Washington to do a picture story… so I jumped in a taxi and in an hour made some…

I am glad to get back to New York.”


PM, March 2, 1941, p50


Andrews Sisters, Johnny Peddler (I Got), Andrews Sisters; Vic Schoen And His Orchestra; Lew Brown; Laurindo De Almeida; Ubirajara Nesdan; August 3, 1940


Woody Herman And His Orchestra; Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar; Woody Herman And His Orchestra; Woody Herman; Don Raye; Hughie Prince; Eleanore Sheehy; 1940; Decca 3454 B


Andrews Sisters; Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar; Andrews Sisters; Vic Shoen And His Orchestra; Don Raye; Hughie Prince; Eleanore Sheehy; 1940; Decca 3375 B

(This may not be the most important thing in this amazing full page of a NY Police Reporter’s Impressions of Washington DC., but the Weegeeweegeeweegee fact checking department spotted a potential discrepancy, if Weegee heard the Andrews Sisters sing Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar it was probably not Decca 3454 B, it was probably Decca 3375 B, that Weegee heard on the juke box 78 years ago… again, not the most important thing…)


PM, March 2, 1941
The Art Students Hold Their Annual Party… But Is It Art?
Miss Babita, that’s the whole name, is a well known psychic, her friends said. The sign may indicate some of her friends aren’t.

This is a mermaid costume that won first prize, a bagful of money which she didn’t count. The winner in the costume is Renee Parsons.

She graced the annual ball of the Art Students’ League at the Commodore Friday night and she is Natalia Munez.
PM photos by Weegee


New York Post, March 1, 1941


Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 214-215


PM, February 24, 1941, p. 20

Weegee Meets Interesting People At a 6 a.m. Sunday Fire
“Cruising around Times Square at 6 a.m. Sunday with the police radio on in my car…”



PM, February 25, 1941, pp. 12-13 (photos by Max Coplan)

Mrs. Gargantua the Great… A Picture Profile

The Office of Civilian Defense announces the following instructions to be carried out “When an air raid comes.”

Approaches to New York Harbor Mined by Navy.

New York Has Skyscrapers for Air Raid Shelters
Simple Safety Rules will Save Lives When the Bombers Come…”

Simple Rules Show How to Make a Home Safer in Raids

Blackout Curtains Will Hinder Night Bomb Raiding

What Are Bombs Like? Here Are Some of the Answers“.

PM, December 11, 1941

(For the first time ever, we present possibly useful information…)


PM, December 10, 1941
New York Has Its First Air-Raid Alarms, But the Enemy Fails to Make Appearance
A million schoolchildren were evacuated from their classrooms yesterday as New York had two air-raid alarms – the first of the war. These pupils at PS 23 on Hester Street looked on the whole procedure as a kind of game. The alarm found most New Yorkers calm, but left then puzzled as to what it was all about. There is one theory that somebody mistook American planes for the enemy; another holds that it was a staged dress rehearsal. The Army denied the latter theory. Whatever the cause, we needed the practice. PM Photo by Weegee