PM, August 27, 1941, p. 1

Storm Ties Up Subways…5 Pages
This inferno-like scene is one of the results of tortential rains that wept New York, causing the worst subway tie-up in history. A lightning bolt hit a gas main in a subway excavation, dropped an auto into the resulting cave-in, stated a three-alarm fire… (PM Photo by Irving Haberman)”

“The Weather Bureau also termed 2.13 inches of rain in that brief spectacular on and one-half hours “extensive precipitation.”” p. 15

PM, August 27, 1941, pp. 15-18 (Photos by Irving Haberman and Gene Badger)

PM, August 27, 1941, pp. 14-15

PM, August 27, 1941, p. 14

Weegee Has a Salon: Arthur Fellig, the night-prowling cameraman who turns in many of PM’s choicest pictures of fires, wrecks, rescues and crimes, is having a one-man show of his own at the Photo League, 31 E. 21st St. The exhibit will run through Sept. 6.”

PM, March 12, 1942, p.5

Police Seize 3 Suspects in the Refuge Murder Case

“A wealthy Polish refugee, Mrs. Susan Flora Reich, suffocated last week when robbers bound and gagged her after stripping her of $2000 in jewelry. Her body was found in an East Side hotel apartment occupied by Madeline Webb, former model, and Eli Shonbrun. Third suspect, John D. Cullen, above, right, is watching Miss Webb climb into a patrol wagon. Evidence against the trio will be presented to a grand jury tomorrow. Assistant DA said Miss Reich was killed in a “barbarous, inhuman and savage attack.” In court, Miss Webb screamed: “You can’t do this to me!”

“Mullen represented himself as the father-in-law of Miss Webb in renting a Bronx furnished room. Here he is being booked for homicide. Police trailed him for two days before arresting him and getting information that led to the others. PM Photo by Hy Rothman

“Shonbrun drummed his fingers nervously on desk while giving pedigree. Miss Webb tried to hide her face from photographers. She came here from Stillwater, Okla, is a college graduate, worked as a showgirl, model and dancer. PM Photos by Weegee
PM, March 12, 1942, p.5

A great lesser-known photo… Photographer was INSIDE the patrol wagon…

Mrs. Reich was a refugee from Poland, the “wife of a New Jersey wax processor,” lived at the Hotel Woodrow (35 West 64th St), was 52 years old. She was murdered at the Hotel Sutton, 330 East 56th St on March 4th… Webb (“obscure actress college graduate”) and Shonbrun were living in 438 East 147th St in the Bronx… Miss Webb had an I.Q. of 90; Cullen’s I.Q. was 107; Shonbrun possessed an I.Q. of 102 according to the psychiatrist quoted by the NY Times

“…she turned her eyes to the mural of modern justice…”

On January 9, 1967 Madeline Webb left the New York State Prison for Women in Bedford Hills after 24 years. Thanks to Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s Christmas clemency. She spent 22 years working as the prison librarian. (“As the sole inmate librarian, she spent almost every weekday of the past 22 years in the small but busy library.” THS, January 7, 1967.) She was 53 years old.

New York Times, March 1942 – February 1944

PM, March 2, 1943

“When fire swept the five-story loft building at 372 E. Houston St., Manhattan, the policeman, above, rescued these two kittens from a hallway. Later he gave them to Miss Sally Strumfeld, 218 Delancey St., who promised to give them a good home. Some small manufacturing firms and the Congregation Israel Anscheigal Icie Minhagsford occupy the Houston St. building. Holy scrolls were carried out by members of the congregation.” PM Photo by Weegee

Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 60-61

PM, March 2, 1941, p50

A N.Y. Police Reporter’s Impressions of Washington D.C.

Story and Pictures by WEEGEE

“Things were quiet all week in New York. Nothing was popping. There were no big time murders, no roasts (people burned to death at tenement house fires) and no dry divers (people jumping out of windows and off ledges) for me to photograph. So I thought I would go to Washington and do a picture story on what goes on there.

I went on the poor man’s Pullman. I was in no hurry and besides on a bus you can always meet a nice little cutie to keep you company and hold hands with.

At the bus terminal on West 50th St., in the basement, sandwiched in between two doors was an automatic photo machine. I dropped a dime in and had my photo taken. I got the photo in about two minutes. This was the first time I received a mechanical insult…

Inside the juke box was going strong with the Andrews Sisters singing Johnny Peddler… As we left the place the Andrews Sisters in a whiz-bang finale gave everything they had with Beat Me Daddy Eight to a Bar assisted by Woody Herman on Decca record No. 3454…

The Madam then read my palm, asked me the date of my birth, told me I was born under the sign of Cancer, was a very determined person, fickle, but has a kind heart and could make some woman very happy…

The Madam’s crack about me being a salesman reminded me that I was in Washington to do a picture story… so I jumped in a taxi and in an hour made some…

I am glad to get back to New York.”

PM, March 2, 1941, p50

Andrews Sisters, Johnny Peddler (I Got), Andrews Sisters; Vic Schoen And His Orchestra; Lew Brown; Laurindo De Almeida; Ubirajara Nesdan; August 3, 1940

Woody Herman And His Orchestra; Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar; Woody Herman And His Orchestra; Woody Herman; Don Raye; Hughie Prince; Eleanore Sheehy; 1940; Decca 3454 B

Andrews Sisters; Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar; Andrews Sisters; Vic Shoen And His Orchestra; Don Raye; Hughie Prince; Eleanore Sheehy; 1940; Decca 3375 B

(This may not be the most important thing in this amazing full page of a NY Police Reporter’s Impressions of Washington DC., but the Weegeeweegeeweegee fact checking department spotted a potential discrepancy, if Weegee heard the Andrews Sisters sing Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar it was probably not Decca 3454 B, it was probably Decca 3375 B, that Weegee heard on the juke box 78 years ago… again, not the most important thing…)

PM, March 2, 1941
The Art Students Hold Their Annual Party… But Is It Art?
Miss Babita, that’s the whole name, is a well known psychic, her friends said. The sign may indicate some of her friends aren’t.

This is a mermaid costume that won first prize, a bagful of money which she didn’t count. The winner in the costume is Renee Parsons.

She graced the annual ball of the Art Students’ League at the Commodore Friday night and she is Natalia Munez.
PM photos by Weegee

New York Post, March 1, 1941

Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 214-215