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PM, May 2, 1941 (photos by Peter Killian)

(Anthony Esposito and William Esposito found guilty of murder… Ann Corio (and Ed Sullivan), and a diminished May Day Parade…)


PM, May 1, 1941, p.7

Here’s What Makes a Museum Modern by Henry Simon.”

(“Coffee Concerts” started at 9 PM. Museum admission was $1.50. In May 1941 $1.50 had the same buying power as $27.59 in March 2021; in May 2021, museum admission is $25. The Sophistichords, Herman Chittison, solo, and John Kirby and his Orchestra, from Cafe Society Uptown… One of the songs performed by Herman Chittison at MoMA on April 30, 1941 was The Man I Love. One of the songs performed by John Kirby and his Orchestra was Double Talk.)

Museum of Modern Art to Present Series of Non-Concert Music Including Swing, Folk Songs, Gospel Singers, Spanish Dancers, and Voodoo Drummers… PDF of press release.


The Man I Love, Herman Chittison, 1941 (piano solo).


Double Talk, John Kirby and his Orchestra, 1941.



PM, May 1, 1941, p.7

‘Citizen Kane’ Gets A Running Start
Citizen Kane, the Orson Welles movie which for four months has withstood a nationwide Heartskrieg, opens tonight, 8:30, at the Palace. Its advance business, nourished by the newspaper controversy, is booming…
…”I can always show it,” he said. “I’ll show it in a ballpark with four screens, in auditoriums, at fairs, in circus tents, in necessary…”


Flamingo, Herman Chittison, 1941 (piano solo).


I Should Care, Herman Chittison Trio, 1945.




Extra! Weegee!, pp. 300-301

“Weegee” Lends a Helping Hand
New York — Down at the Bronx Terminal Market, 151st and Exterior Sts., to cover the picketing by retail dealers, photographer “Weegee” got into the swing of things and carried a placard for the picketers. Here, he holds up the sign denouncing black marketeers, all the while puffing on his big cigar and keeping his camera handy for a good picture. The market was picketed by dealers protesting the black market and tie-in sales.
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PM, August 20, 1940

They’d Sooner Be at the Beach But, Heat or No Heat, Jobs Are Scarce
Weegee, the wag, finished up the day by taking his own picture in the darkroom. Note camera release in his hand.


PM, April 1947

Turn Up ’98 Discs In Collyer Museum

“…Collyer had boasted the house contained 10 pianos. Fourteen have been found to date. Also:

Three radios.
Two organs.
Two violins.
An old fashioned gramophone.

The record collection had items that were a record-collectors dream, to wit:

Bugle Calls, by Chief Trumpeter Cassi of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. One side, 7-inch, 1898.

A recording of La Marseillaise, by Sousa’s Band. One side, 7-inch, 1898.

American Republic March, also by Sousa, 7-inch. One side, 1898.

A record of Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon for her Lover Who is Fur Away, by the American Quartet.”

1. “Bugle Calls, by Chief Trumpeter Cassi of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. One side, 7-inch, 1898.”:


Bugle Calls, Trumpeter Cassi (1898).

Bugle Calls of the Rough Riders in Their Charge Up San Juan Hill, Columbia (A180).

Bugle Calls of the Rough Riders in their Charge up San Juan Hill, Manhattan (638)

2. “A recording of La Marseillaise, by Sousa’s Band. One side, 7-inch, 1898.”:

La Marseillaise. Sousa’s Band. Victor (16514-B).

La Marseillaise. Sousa’s Band. Victor (17668-A)

La Marseillaise-National Air of France. Sousa’s Band. Victor (17668-A).

3. “American Republic March, also by Sousa, 7-inch. One side, 1898.”:

American Republic March, Columbia Band; Thiele. Columbia (A87), 1901.

American Republic March, Prince’s Band; Thiele. Columbia (A2223). 1917.

4. “A record of Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon for her Lover Who is Fur Away, by the American Quartet.”:

‘Round Her Neck She Wears A Yeller Ribbon (For Her Lover Who is Fur, Fur Away). American Quartet; George A. Norton. Victor (18436-B).

‘Round Her Neck She Wears A Yeller Ribbon (For Her Lover Who is Fur, Fur Away). American Quartet; George A. Norton. Victor (18436-B).

‘Round Her Neck She Wears A Yeller Ribbon (For Her Lover Who is Fur, Fur Away). American Quartet; George A. Norton. Victor (18436-B).

‘Round Her Neck She Wears A Yeller Ribbon (For Her Lover Who is Fur, Fur Away). American Quartet; George A. Norton. Victor (18436-B).


Billie’s Blues, “Billie Holiday and her Orchestra; Billie Holiday, 1936.


Billie Holiday, Joe Guy, her trumpeter-husband, and Mister, her dog, photographed in Billie’s dressing room at the Downbeat Club. Photo by Skippy Adelman.

“One of the these days things will get better,” she sighed. “They’ll get better for everybody. We’ll all have a chance to eat and sleep in peace. I just know it will come about. It will take a long time, but it will come about. It won’t be in my lifetime, though. Oh, no, I’ll never profit by it.”

PM, 1945, Photos by Skippy Adelman.


Why Was I Born?“, Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, John Jackson, Lester Young, Joe Jones, Walter Page, Buck Clayton, Freddie Green, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Jerome Kern, 1937.


New York Post, 1945.


I Must Have That Man!“, Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, John Jackson, Lester Young, Joe Jones, Walter Page, Buck Clayton, Freddie Green, Fields, McHugh, 1937.


Manhattan Phone book, 1940.


Fine and Mellow,” Billie Holiday and her Orchestra, Frankie Newton, Billie Holiday, 1939.


Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit. Billie says: “It depresses me every time I sing it. It reminds me of how Pop died. But I have to sing it. Things are still going on in the south.
PM, 1945, Photos by Skippy Adelman.


Strange Fruit,” Billie Holiday and her Orchestra, Sonny White, Lewis Allan, 1939.

Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959).


PM, December 26, 1940 pp.16-17

Quakers March on New York with placards urging that America feed Hitler’s victims…

Christmas Pudding for these wounded British soldiers was served a few days early – so that this picture, sent from England by ship nail, could get here on Christmas day…

A Hitler Greeting of holiday ill-will toward England is loaded under a German bombing plane…

Loose Locomotive without a crew ran down spur in Chicago…

Nazi Troops are stationed in key spots throughout Rumania…

Union Label is the name of this strip act…

President Roosevelt Takes His Family and Guests to Church on Christmas…

Trans-Atlantic Greetings… are broadcast by Mayor LaGuardia and Lily Pons…

American Refugees arrive on S.S. Washington from the Orient…

First Aid fails to revive Paul Ryan, killed by a gas explosion in his apartment at 865 First Ave. Police said it was apparently suicide. The Christmas night blast shook the 17-story building and injured two house employees. PM photo by Weegee

PM, December 26, 1940 pp.16-17

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