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PM, June 18, 1941 (pages 1, 6, 7, 14, 15, 18)

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PM, June 17, 1941 (pages 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 19)

Nazi’s in New York, spying on New York harbor, “What the Mayor Did Yesterday,” “No Witch-Hunting…”… (photos by Morris Gordon, John DeBiase. Ray Platnick, etc…)



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PM, May 19, 1941, pages 1, 5, 9, 12

“7 Pages: Are Prices Going Up?”

“U.S.A. Is Warned…”

Ten Firemen Overcome in Washington Market Blaze
“Joe Balierwalter was just one of 10 firemen overcome while fighting a smoky blaze in the heart of Washington Market early today. The fire started in the basement of a three-story brick building occupied by Kraemer & Klie, banana dealers, at 373 Washington St. The firemen had a tough enough time getting their apparatus past the numerous trucks and drays that clog the market. But when they got into the cellar, they dropped like flies as 400 crates of bananas, wrapped in wet straw and burlap, threw off carbon monoxide gas. All the firemen were revived. PM Photo by Weegee.

Ickes Calls for All-Out Aid in Talk to City’s Biggest Crowd
“…Secretary of the Interior, was cheered by the largest audience ever assembled in New York when he called for all-out aid to Britain in the fight to save democracy…”
I Am an American Program Drew 750,000 to Central Park Mall.”
“Mayor LaGuardia wielded the baton.”
Photos by Gene Badger, PM

Photography is not a competition.
Or, maybe it is…
I don’t know.


Weegee, from Weegee’s World, 1997, p.230


PM, June 28, 1943, p 15

When the Big Top Comes to Times Square
“Minnie the bear, who appears with her husband Bill in Larry Sunbrock’s Big Top Circus, knows when payday is – and gets in line early.”
“This is the ‘Big Top’ – first three-ring circus tent to be pitched in Manhattan for 100 years – in a former parking [lot back of the Roxy?]”
“‘Miss Victory,’ Eglie Zacchini, is shot out of a cannon at a speed of 360 feet a second. Weegee got this unusually difficult picture at a performance using a telephoto lens at 1/1000th of a second.”


Cornell Capa, “Young woman being shot out of a cannon as a human cannonball at a circus in Texas, 1947,” from Cornell Capa Photographs

7. Human cannonball, Texas, 1947.
Protected by an asbestos suit, twenty-six-year-old Egle Zacchini, a daughter of the great family of human cannonballs, is shot from a cannon. The challenge for me arose from the fact that because of the difference in the speeds of sound and of light, I would miss my picture if I snapped my shutter exactly when I heard the bang. Instead, I had to guess at what fraction of a second after the charge was set off the performer would fly out of the barrel. It was an exercise in frustration, and I had to try three times in three different cities before I finally managed to get the shot reproduced here.” Cornell Capa Photographs, Edited by Cornell Capa and Richard Whelan, 1992






The Zacchinis
A lively Italian-American family earns living being shot from canons”
Photos by Cornell Capa… words by John Kobler
LIFE, April 26, 1948, pp. 111-116

3 points for CC, Egle Zacchini, is the correct spelling.
Minus 3 points for PM and Weegee, Eglie Zacchini is not the correct spelling.
Weegee photographed ‘Miss Victory,’ Ms. Zacchini, first, five years before CC, plus four points.
Weegee and CC made “unusually difficult pictures,” plus 50 points for both photographers.
Silly bear caption, plus 1.5 points.
CC’s “great family of human cannonballs,” plus 150 points.
Weegee’s three circus photos were an entire page in PM, plus 10 points.
CC’s photos, about seven, were in Life… plus 15 points.
Weegee’s photo was made in NYC, plus 5 points.
CC’s photo was made in Texas, minus 5 points. (WTF? – editor’s note.)
CC’s honesty and humility about having to try three times… plus 100 points.
Quality and variety of CC’s photos… plus 200 points.

Round one goes to Cornell Capa!


Screenshot from getty images, three photos by Herbert Gehr of Larry Sunbrock’s Big Top Circus… (The Roxy, 153 West 50th St., between 6th and 7th Aves.)


PM, May 18, 1941

“What Are We Going To Do About It?”
Abraham Reles… (Murder, Inc.)
Artists don’t live in the Village anymore…
Aquarium may move to Coney Island…
Governors Island… (photos by Alan Fisher)
“New York Enjoying Spring Fever,” Hippos (Rosie and Schlemiel), etc. (Great series of photos by M. Engel)
New Citizens Day: Alexandra Tolstoy, “daughter of Russian author Leo Tolstoy…” (photos by Gene Badger)
Weather Photography, edited by Ralph Steiner…
International Society for Contemporary Music… (icsm.org)
Re. Utah Smith at MoMA… (photo by Irving Haberman) (Rev. Utah Smith on The Hound Blog)


screenshot from moma.org

“The fourth program in the series of Coffee Concerts at the Museum of Modern Art will be Jubilee, a Negro revival meeting, on Wednesday evening, May 21, at nine. The prayer meeting and “anniversary,” complete with gospel singers and elocutionist, will be led by the Reverend Utah Smith, evangelist, as master of ceremonies. The Reverend Smith delivers his religious messages with the aid of an electrical guitar. Some of his preaching is extemporaneous; some is part of his original repertoire. His theme song is “I Got Two Wings.”
He has preached as an itinerant evangelist for twenty years, mostly in the south where “folks is more church goin’ than Northerners.” Louise Crane, who has arranged the Coffee Concerts for the Museum, first heard the Reverend Smith in a small church in Newark and invited him to participate in the series. Appearing with him are twelve singers, members of his flock in Newark…” (pdf: moma.org)


PM, May 16, p. 15, “1001 Afternoons in New York” by Ben Hecht

Murder in Broome Street
Let’s have a love story for a change.
There’s a dearth of amour in the press these days that gives you a lopsided picture of our town…
We’ll pick up our heroine (as they say in Hollywood) in Room 29 of the Hotel Commercial. This is a stained and giddy inn at the corner of Broome St. and the Bowery…”

(Commercial Hotel, 341 Broome, CAnal 6-9165, across the street from the Spring Arrows Social and Athletic Club, 344 Broome, site of “Off Duty Cop Does Duty, Kills Gunman Who Tries Stickup,” February 3, 1942.)



NY Times, March 31, 1966 (Pioneer Hotel, 341 Broome)