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“The Line Is Busy”; Excelsior Music; Star (Orig.); Publication date: 1940-08-23


PM, August 23, 1940, Exclusive Photo by Weegee

Masked, Armed Bandits Rob Manhattan Mail Train

Mail Clerk Brooks Hall waiting for police to saw away handcuffs clamped on by bandits.


“Mail Order Woman”; Jack Dupree; Dupree; Burkes; King (4938); 1955


Rome, NY, August 24, 1940

Train Robbers Shackle Mail Clerk

Brooks Hall (center) railway mail clerk on a New York Central train held up by six gunmen at the Marble Hill station in New York City, was shackled to an iron post in the mail car, along with his companion. The robbers escaped with a mail pouch which they apparently thought carried money shipments but which postal authorities said carried nothing of value.


“Kaycee On My Mind”; Pete Johnson; Dave Dexter; Decca (3384 B); August 23, 1940


Albany, August 24, 1940 (Associated Press Photo)

Shackled by Train Robbers


“Blues On The Down Beat”; Pete Johnson; Decca (3384A), August 23, 1940


“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


“The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall”; Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; Mike Jackson; Bubsy Meyers; Decca (23629 A / 23629 B); Publication date: July 21, 1942


PM, July 21, p. 32 (Photos by Weegee and Irving Haberman)

Yes, It Was Hottest Day of the Year All Right, All Right

Yesterday thermometer showed 92.6 at 4:45 p.m. – highest of 1942. At 1 a.m yesterday it was 85 – that was when this mam opened fire hydrant.
PM, July 21, p. 32


“Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five”; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; Mike Jackson; William Weldon; Shepard; Williams; Decca (23628 A); Publication date: July 21, 1942


V-E-News – Flashes (Recorded Tuesday, May 8, 1945) No. 1


V-E Day


V-E-News – Flashes (Recorded Tuesday, May 8, 1945); No. 2


The Big Celebration in Times Square


“Wartime broadcast speech by Sir Winston Churchill”; Winston Churchill; May 8, 1945


All Around the Town… Our Unofficial Victory Celebration

PM, Nay 8, 1945


“On A Note Of Triumph A CBS Broadcast Commemorating V-E Day (Part 1)”; Martin Gabel; Norman Corwin; Bernard Herrmann; Lud Gluskin; Columbia Masterworks (71664-D)


“Yesterdays”; Kathryn Meisle; Harry Sosnik; Jerome Kern; Otto Harbach; Decca (DA 23572 A); Publication date: May 7, 1944


PM, May 7, 1944, p.32

Weegee meets a great man.

Weegee brought in a photograph of an old man sitting on a cot, his hands in his lap. Weegee is the cigar-smoking, crime, fire, and seamy-side-of-life photographer who lives across the street from police headquarters and does his best work from midnight on.

“This is Stieglitz, Alfred Stieglitz,” said Weegee. “He’s a great photographer…”

Stieglitz invited Weegee to his gallery. But first they stopped at a druggist’s, where the aged photographer left a prescription. Then they walked up to 509 Madison Ave. and took an elevator to the 17th floor…

Stieglitz pointed to a phone near his cot. It never rings, he said. I have been deserted…

He was a failure, he told me…

…and he never used the products of Eastman Kodak because of their slogan You push a button. We’ll do the rest.

…And I left quietly and shut the the glass door with the words painted on it, AN AMERICAN PLACE.

“It doesn’t seem right that such a great artist should have such a little reward,” said Weegee.

PM, May 7, 1944


“The Touch of Your Hand”; Kitty Carlisle; Alfred Drake; Kathryn Meisle; Harry Sosnik; Jerome Kern; Otto Harbach; Decca (DA 23574 A); Publication date: May 7, 1944


Weegee, Naked City, 1945


“Lovely to Look at”; Kitty Carlisle and Alfred Drake; Harry Sosnik; Jerome Kern; Dorothy Fields; Jimmy McHugh; Decca (DA 23572 B); Publication date: May 7, 1944


“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



“FRAMED”; The Robins; Leiber; Stoller; Spark (107); October 1954


The New York Times, November 27, 1941


“Revenge”; Texas Jim Robertson and The Panhandle Punchers; Jenny Lou Carson; RCA Victor (21-0130-B); 1949


The New York Times, November 27, 1941

Lepke Was Framed, His Counsel Asserts

Defense Says Rubin, Seeking Revenge Planned Murder



“Revenge”; Henry Therrein; Akst; Lewis; Young; Harmony (712-H); 1928

Now the Japanese Know: U.S.A. Won’t Sell Out China


“Ev’rything I Love”; Benny Goodman and his Orchestra; Peggy Lee; Cole Porter; Okeh (6516); Publication date: November 27, 1941


PM, November 27, 1941

His Master Died in this room which was shattered by the blast of an illuminating-gas explosion last night, but a black shepherd dog Freca, was uninjured by either gas or the explosion. Police say Thomas Quinn, 31, a commercial artist, was found lying in front of a gas stove with all jets open in his west 26th Street apartment, but failed to make either a suicide or accident listing. Freca hid behind a small piano.

PM, November 27, 1941
PM photos by Weegee



“Just A Man And His Dog”; Red Foley; The Cumberland Valley Boys; Jack Rollins; Audrey Ganum; Decca (46291); December 18, 1947


Weegee, PM, November 27, 1941



“Lonesome Dog Blues”; Lightning Hopkins; Hopkins; RPM (346); September 1951


“Time After Time”; Ernest Tubb; Jimmie Short; Leon Short; Decca (6023 A); November 17, 1941

“Don’t look now… But I think there’s a new exhibit!”


“I’ve Really Learned A Lot”; Ernest Tubb; Ernest Tubb; Decca (6076 B); November 17, 1941

No Handstands At Met Opening

By Henry Simon

PM, November 25, 1941, p.22


“I Hate to See You Go”; Ernest Tubb; Homer Hargroves; Decca (6084 A); November 17, 1941

This season the opera opening was not all high hat; there was a showing of gold braid and a generous turnout of plain khaki. The fancy-peaked cap above is a captain’s, the other just a lieutenant’s.

PM, November 25, 1941, p.22


“More Than You Know”; Count Basie and his Orchestra; Lynne Sherman; Eliscu; W. Rose; Youmans; Winter; Okeh (6584); November 17, 1941

Opera patronesses seldom check their tiaras with the management. Here, at their table in the Opera Bar (only theater bar permitted in N.Y.) are, left to right, Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh, Lady Decies, Mrs. Leonora H. Warner.

PM, November 25, 1941, p.22


“You Don’t Know What Love Is”; Earl Hines and his Orchestra; Billy Eckstein; Don Raye; Gene dePaul; Bluebird (B-11394-A); November 17, 1941

The cops keep a watchful eye on the standees. Last night a Mr. Burke (above) boned up on his libretto while waiting to buy a standee ticket.

The onlookers flanking the main entrance put on the dog in their own fashion. Lena Penola’s pooch is named Buddy. Photos by Ray Platnick,…

PM, November 25, 1941, p.22


“You May Have Your Picture”; Ernest Tubb; Decca (6040-B); November 17, 1941


“Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”; Vincent; Smith; Huey Smith and The Clowns; Ace (530); June 1957


PM, November 23, 1941, p. 43

What To Do If We Get A Real Flu Epidemic


“Suspician”; Jo Stafford; The Stalighters; Paul Weston’s Mountain Boys; Les Paul; Foster Carling; Capitol (15068); 1948



PM, November 23, 1941, pp. 44-45

‘SUSPICION’

With Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine
An Alfred Hitchcock Melodrama


“Eye To Eye”; MR. Blues Carson and His Orchestra; Hi-Lo (1420); June 1953


“Half A Photograph”; Kay Starr; Harold Stanley; Bob Russell; Harold Mooney; Capitol (C 2464); April 15, 1953


PM, November 23, 1941, pp. 48-49 (…a photo by Gene Smith…)

Catching the Eye Of Man in Street

People Who Took These Photos Weren’t ‘Arty’ They had Their Lenses on the World


“Murder in the First Degree”; St. Louis Jimmy; Burton & Oden; Parrot (823); April 1956


PM, November 23, 1941, p. 64

Smart Burton Turkus Battles Murder, Inc


“It’s Murder”; Lil Armstrong And Her Swing Orchestra; Lil Armstrong; Buck; Armstrong; Decca (1182 A); 1936


“Sugar Babe Blues”; Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper) [1906–1983]; Skyes; Columbia (37457); Publication date: November 21, 1941


PM, November 21, 1941, p.12 (Photos by Gene Badger, PM)

New York’s Thanksgiving: A Big Parade, and Turkey…


“Training Camp Blues”; Roosevelt Sykes (The Honey Dripper) [1906–1983]; Sykes; Columbia (37457); November 21, 1941


PM, November 21, 1941, p.13 (Photos by M Engel, PM)

… And the Ragamuffins, Featuring National Defense

The ragamuffins of New York capered as usual on Thanksgiving Day. Those pictured on this page were part of a Madison Square Boys’ Club parade on First Avenue. Many carried spot-news banners, an innovation encouraged by the Club as a substitute for traditional ragamuffin street begging…


“Ragamuffin Romeo”; Paul Whiteman [1890-1967] and His Orchestra; Vocal by Jeanie Lang (Mary Eugenia Wirick) [1911-1993]; Wayne & De Casta; Columbia (CB 88); ca. 1930


PM, November 21, 1941, p.22 (Unidentified photographer)

Hitchcock’s Latest Masterpiece… A Melodrama of the Mind

By Cecelia Ager

The film ideal is a blend of story-telling, writing, musical scoring, photographic composition, acting, developing characterization, cutting and direction – co-ordinated to achieve dramatic impact, an impact indigenous to the movies, impossible to any other art form…
PM, November 21, 1941, p.22


“The Finger of Suspicion Points at You”; Bonnie Lou [1924-2015]; Mann; Lewis; Parlophone (R 3989); 1954