“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


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

“Take It Off The ‘E’ String”; Peter Piper and his Orchestra; Cahn; Akst; November 1943

PM, September 10, 1941, p.21

All Out for Weegee

Dear Editor:

Due to popular demand, Weegee’s Exhibit Murder Is My Business will continue to Sept. 13, at the Photo League, 31 E/ 21st St., from 2 to 10 p.m. daily and everybody is welcome.

Here are some comments on Weegee’s show in the comments book:

“Worth the price of admission.” P.S. admission is free.

“I’d rather see Gypsy Rose strip.”

“For people with strong constitutions and weak minds.”

New York

PM, September 10, 1941, p.21

“He’s The Best In The Business”; Terry Timmons; Charles Singleton; Howard Biggs’s Orchestra; RCA Victor (20-5227); 1953

“Elevated Trains”; Major (5031 B); 1960

“Subway Trains”; Major (5031 A); 1960


Artists Mourn a Fascinating Model: Manhattan Els

By Elizabeth Sacartoff

Early in October they expect to start junking the 72-year-old Ninth Ave. El. Later in the month, the Board of Transportation hopes to get rid of the 60-year-old Second Ave. El between 59thand 129th Sts. With the Sixth Ave. El already gone and the fate of the Third Ave. line practically sealed, Manhattan’s homeliest landmarks soon will have vanished.

Whatever ugliness the elevated lines have pressed on the growing city, whatever stigma of noise, grime and poverty clings to them, they have been as natural on the face of New York as a birthmark. As the El pillars go down, recollections of past eras will depend more and more on recorded history. And the El’s most vivid historians have been the artists…

PM, September 29, 1940, p.50

“Thirty-One Miles for a Nickel The Subway Serenade”; Deek Watson And His Brown Dots; Deek Watson; Bill Tennyson; Manor (1005 B); 1945


Eisenstein Film, Lost 8 Years, Comes to N.Y.

PM, September 29, 1940, p. 52.

“The Subway”; New York University Glee Club Varsity Quartet; Harry Price; Frank Pike; John Folly; William Wolf; Roger P. Bird; New York University Book Store (1 B)

Oystermen Get Strange Hauls

Margaret Bourke-White set out to photograph an oyster fisherman’s work and found that what makes it interesting is not the oysters but the things that come up from the sea bottom with them. Here you see strange creatures the oysterman meets daily…

PM, September 29, 1940, p. 56, Photos by Margaret Bourke-White, PM Staff.

“You’re Not the Only Oyster in the Stew”; “Fats” Waller and his Rhythm; “Fats” Waller; Johnny Burke; Harold Spina; RCA Victor (20-2218-B); May 1947

PM, September 29, 1940, p. 2 (Photo by Mary Morris)

Family Album

Elizabeth Hawes…

“The Subway Glide;” Walter J. Van Brunt; Gillespie; Norman; Victor (17112-A); 1912

PM, September 29, 1940, p. 60

It’s Neither Abnormal Nor New for Women to Wear Trousers

By Elizabeth Hawes

“The land where the women wear the trousers”; Billy Williams; “Cinch” (5042); 1913

“There Is No Death”; Richard Crooks; Victor Orchestra; Geoffrey O’Hara; Gordon Johnstone; Maximilian Pilzer; 1946

PM, September 24, 1940

Death House Reunion

It will be like old home week in the death house at Sing Sing pretty soon. Frank (The Dasher) Abbandando and Harry (Happy) Maione, Murder, Inc. slayers already there, will be joined by <artin (Buggsy) Goldstein and Harry (Pittsburgh Phil) Strauss, who on Thursday will hear themselves sentenced to die in the electric chair for the murder of Puggy Feinstein.

PM, September 24, 1940

“The Angel of Death”; Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys; Hank Williams; June 1, 1950

“Air Raid”; 1957

“Air Raid Sirens”; 1960

PM, September 21, 1942, p.9

Last Time Tonight At Polo Grounds:

What Air Raid here Might Be Like

What might happen during an air attack on New York is subject of Polo Grounds show that goes on for the last time tonight. Saturday was the first night of the show, and these photos show you what it’s like. Because it’s important, admission is free and no tickets are required. Furthermore, the Polo Grounds can hold, without crowding, a lot more than the 10,000 persons who were there Saturday. Show starts at 8, lasts till about 10:30, and our photographer, Weegee says it’s pretty good. Come early and bring the kids.

Master Sgt. Monroe R. Bethman shows what enemies who bomb New York would get in return as he demonstrates how to wreck pillbox with flame-thrower.

Control panel like one that will be used by New York to keep track of enemy planes is an exhibit.

Mayor La Guardia and Col. Joseph D. Sears led parade before show started Saturda. Mayor gave Oath of Allegiance to crowd.

Using chair for shield, U.S. soldier puts out incendiary bomb with stream of water. Loud explosions make show realistic.

PM, September 21, 1942, p.9

“Obey Your Air Raid Warden”; Tony Pastor and his Orchestra; Tony Pastor; Les Burness; John Morris; March 16, 1942

PM, September 21, 1942, p.10

As House was ‘Bombed’ at Polo Grounds

These two photos show miniature building “bombed” in Polo Grounds show. Here bomb has struck sat building afire. Now see here –

Firemen quickly get the flames under control. Show demonstrates that homes with clean attics are more fire-resistant than others.

Trapped in one of the “bombed” buildings policeman W. C. Gossman needs first aid. Emergency squad arrives, and –

Gossman is carried away for attention. All bombs from two-pound… to 4000-pound German “Satan” are shown at Polo Grounds.

PM, September 21, 1942, p.10

“In Case of an Air Raid”; Harold Grant and His Orchestra; The Good Fellows; H. Lenk; E. Drake; Harold Drake; 1942

“Air Raid Warden”

“Stop Teasing Me”; Bob Pope And His Band; Bob Pope and Creole Sisters; Pope; Publication date: September 20, 1940

The New York Times, September 20, 1940


Strauss and Goldstein to Die
in the Chair – Judge Praises
O’Dwyer Drive on Crime

The New York Times, September 20, 1940

PM, September 20, 1940, p.8

Goldstein and Strauss Found Guilty… Will Die for Murder, Inc. Butchery

…It was over. People pressed their congratulations on District Attorney O’Dwyer and young Turkus. Among them was a slihght, pale girl in black. She squeezed Turkus’s hand. “Thanks. Thanks for what you’ve done.”

She was Puggy Feinstein’s sister.
PM, September 20, 1940, p.8

“When You Got To Go You Got To Go”; Bob Pope And His Band; Bob Pope and Ensemble; Pope; Publication date: September 20, 1940

“A Handful of Stars”; Ina Ray Hutton and her Orch.; Stuart Foster; Lawrence; Shapiro; Publication date: September 19, 1940

The New York Times, September 19, 1940


Goldstein’s Counsel Pleads
With Jury to Spare Client
He Terms ‘a Poor Bum’


Two Psychiatrists Testify He
Could Not Tell Date — Opinion
on Sanity Forbidden

The New York Times, September 19, 1940

“Gotta Have Your Love”; Ina Ray Hutton and her Orch.; Woode; Jackson; Loman; Publication date: September 19, 1940

A Picture Story of An Industry.
By John Kobler.

District Attorney O’Dwyer (left foreground) listens dead-pan, while from the witness stand Abe Reles demonstrates how he and his two old friends, Srauss and Goldstein (seated center), strangled Irving (Puggy) Feinstein. Goldstein’s lawyer, paunchy Leo Healy is trying to enter an objection. The quizzical gentleman in front of him is Mr. O’Dwyer’s young assistant, Burton B. Turkus. Sketched in Court by William Sharp.
PM, September 19, 1940

Madness in Great Ones Must Not Unwatcht Go

When they jailed Harry Strauss, Brooklyn’s leading Angel of Destruction, on a murder rap, he let his beard grow long and matted, babbled idiocies, generally behaved like a loon. But three stated alienists said he was faking.

Yesterday, in Kings County, his lawyer tried to show that the alienists just don’t know their psychic onions. The alienists said he saw Abe Reles under his bed. Reles wasn’t.
PM, September 19, 1940

How to Commit a Murder — By Abe Reles

Of the story of Murder, Inc., as pictured in the preceding pages, Abe Reles told much as a witness in the current case against Strauss and Goldstein. Samples:

“I killed 11 men… Joey Silvers…and Plug Schuman… and Jack Paley. And, wait a minute, I can’t recall his name… Oh yes, a fellow by the name of Ferasco.”

“The boss said he wanted a clean job… Big Harry jumped on Puggy from behind and mugged (strangled) him like this.”

“I gave Big Harry one end if the rope and we put it under Puggy’s head while Buggsy held the other end.”

Sketched in Court by William Sharp.
PM, September 19, 1940

“The World Without You”; Will Hudson And His Orchestra; Kay Kenny; Will Hudson; Maria Kramer; Publication date: September 19, 1940