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


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