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1943


Extra! Weegee, page 104

Fire Defies Test Blackout
When New York City and New Jersey went dark tonight to test new air raid signals, this four-alarm fire in a paper factory illuminated a large section of downtown Manhattan…” February 18, 1943
Extra! Weegee, page 104


PM, February 18, 1943 (photos by Weegee and Steven Derry)
Two Alarm Fire at Greene and E. Third St… The fire was in a paper bag company on the third floor.”

Same fire, other side…

Perhaps the fire was at:
Salwen Paper Co., 189-195 Greene street
Henry F. Fulling Co. Inc. paper, 202 Greene street
Henry Fuchs & Son, paper & twine, 215 Greene Street



New York Times, February 19, 1943, pp, 1 and 13

New Raid Signal Blacks Out City
Public Response Encouraging, Mayor Says, but He Orders Another Drill Tonight…
Lightless, that is so far as man-made illumination was concerned. The clear full moon converted the side streets, the wide stretches of Broadway and Seventh Avenue into deserted silver lanes…”

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PM, February 18, 1943, pp. 4-5

“Myth of Master Race Exploded by Science” by Albert Deutsch.

City of New York Air Raid Instructions

Paste This on the Kitchen Door
Army’s new air-aid regulations went into effect yesterday. First test, with blackout, will be tonight at 9.”


“60 Injured In Western Electric Blast,” November 30, 1943, “Extra! Weegee” pages 44-45.

There are many reason to love the book “Extra! Weegee” (Hirmer, 2017) this is one of them:
Making connections between photos. The two photos above and “…And the human cop” were all made at the same place, after the same explosion…


Weegee, “Naked City,” 1945, pp. 68-69
“…and the human cop.”

PM caption:
“Proving the Cops are Human
A look of grave concern crosses the face of this policeman as he watches an injured woman being removed from the Western Electric plant at 395 Hudson St. following explosion that killed two early yesterday.”

(To be continued…)

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“THE AUTHOR as he wrote this article. Note cigars, fireman boots, and extra camera. Stool goes back in trunk compartment and is brought out to type captions right after pix are made.” 1943. (No darkroom. No enlarger, trays of developer, stop bath, fixer, no running water, safe light, etc…)

Happy 15th Birthday Wikipedia:
“He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at nightclubs; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene…”