Why Should I Spend My Money”; Big Bill Broonzy; Columbia (37461); December 2, 1941


Screenshots from eBay

Weegee was not the photographer and did not make this photograph.
Presumably Phil Burchman was the photographer…


When You Lose Your Money; La Rues Cats; Dewitt Ray; John Hinton; Bob Pearce; Edw. Young; Chas. Gordon; Jean LaRue; Universal (U. R. 701-a)


“Money Hustlin’ Woman”; Amos Milburn; A. Milburn; A. Cullum; Aladdin (191A); 1947


Screenshots from eBay, 04/2022

Recent auction… obviously not a photo made by Weegee.


“When You Lose Your Money”; La Rues Cats; Dewitt Ray; John Hinton; Bob Pearce; Edw. Young; Chas. Gordon; Jean LaRue; Universal (U. R. 701-a)


“I Paid My Income Tax Today”; Dick Robertson And His Orchestra; Dick Robertson and The American Four; Irving Berlin; Decca (4151 A); 1942


Phillips Auctioneers, April 2022


Phillips Auctioneers, April 2022


Phillips Auctioneers, April 2022


“Max from the Income Tax”; Sophie Tucker; Ted Shapiro; Bass; Kroll; Mercury (5839); 1952


Screenshot Phillips Auctioneers website


Screenshot Phillips Auctioneers website

I spotted this happy man coming out of church.. he told me that he was a clothing salesman… and that every Easter Sunday he put on his full dress suit…

Naked City, p. 199


“Luxury Tax Blues”; Eddie Vinson And His Orchestra; Eddie Vinson; Vinson; Robinson; Mercury (8051-B); 1947


Phillips Auctioneers, April 2022


Screenshot Phillips Auctioneers website


Screenshot Phillips Auctioneers website

Naked City, pp. 178-179

(Recent auctions, April 2022.)


“Taxpayers’ Blues”; Bulee Gaillard and his Southern Fried Orchestra; Carroll; Gaillard; Norman Granz; Mercury (8970); 1952


“Good Little Woman”; Pee Wee Crayton; Crayton; Taub; Modern Hollywood (20-774B); Publication date: April 1950



1950 Census

As reported on form P-1 of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census, 1950 Census of Population and Housing:

On April 1, 1950, Arthur Fellig and Margaret Fellig were living at 4 6606 St. Francis Terrace, Los Angeles, California.

Arthur Fellig was the head of the household, a white male, 49 years old, born in Austria, and working 10 hours a week as a Special Effects Man in the Production Department, Motion Pictures.
Margaret Fellig, Arthur’s wife, was a white female, 36 years old, born in Connecticut, and working 50 hours a week as the proprietor of a Laundro-Mat.

(Halfway through the 20th century, an almost 50-year-old and married Weegee, with about fifteen years of life left to live, was living and working in Hollywood…)


“The Sun Is Shining”; Joe Turner; J. Turner; Bayou (015); Publication date: April 1950

…I used Eastman SUPER-XX FILM PACKS… that way I didn’t have to carry any holders…So, CAMERA CLUBS drop me a line to: 6606 St. Francis Terrace, Hollywood 28, California, and you’ll see and meet me in person… my cigar…
Popular Photography, 1949


Popular Photography, 1949


“I’m Kissing Your Picture Counting Tears”; Hawkshaw Hawkins; Stallard; Crenshaw; Cook; King (821-A); 1949

From the U.S. National Archives:

Welcome to the Official
1950 Census Website

The 1950 census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 1, 2022. This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.
1950 Census.


“Dedicating the Blues”; Pee Wee Crayton and His Guitar; Pee Wee Crayton; Crayton; Taub; Modern Hollywood (20-774A); Publication date: April 1950.


“STOP THE WAR (The Cats Are Killin’ Themselves)”; Wingie Manone and his Orchestra; Wingie Manone; George Brunis; Joe Marsala; Mel Powell; Carmen Mastren; Al Morgan; Zutty Singleton; Bluebird (B-11107-A); Publication date: March 19, 1941


Unidentified Photographer, Weegee, Weegee by Weegee, 1961


Weegee, Weegee by Weegee, 1961, pp. 8-9

…Father kept on working. By this time, he had decided that he could do better as his own boss with a pushcart. When the second shipment of money came to Zlothev, it was OK, and the five of us, Mother, my three brothers and Weegee, could leave by first-class steerage…

Weegee, Weegee by Weegee, 1961, pp. 8-9


“STOP THE WAR”; The Macedonians; Amos; McDaniel; Octive (707-A)

Zolochiv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine


Screenshot, The New York Times, March 17, 2022

A protester storms a live broadcast on Russia’s most-watched news show, yelling, ‘Stop the war!’

The New York Times, March 14, 2022


“STOP THE WAR (The Cats Are Killin’ Themselves)”; Wingie Manone and his Orchestra; Wingie Manone; George Brunis; Joe Marsala; Mel Powell; Carmen Mastren; Al Morgan; Zutty Singleton; Bluebird (B-11107-A); Publication date: March 19, 1941


“Funeral March”; Mark Andrews; Chopin; Victor (35958-B); Publication date: March 29, 1928


Weegee, Naked City, 1945, page 163

In the Line-Up Room

This guy killed a cop in a hold up. First he got a black eye… then the electric chair in Sing Sing prison…

Naked City, 1945, page 163


“Funeral Blues (Eat Custard And You’ll Never Break A Tooth)”; Blossom Seeley; Morgan; Columbia (A3382); 1921


The New York Times, March 17, 1942

Funeral Held for Espositos

Funeral services were held yesterday for William and Anthony Esposito, who died in the electric chair last Friday at Sing Sing…
The New York Times, March 17, 1942


“Get Happy”; Art Hodes And His Orchestra; Sidney De Paris; Brad Gowans; Rod Cless; Art Hodes; Eddie Condon; Earl Murphy; Zutty Singleton; Harold Arlen; Ted Koehler; Decca (18438 A); Publication date: March 17, 1942


“Another One of Them Things”; Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra; Sy Oliver; Victor (20-1553-B); Publication date: March 13, 1942

“I’m Gonna Run to My Lord”; The Robinson Children; Decca (7893 A); March 13, 1942


“There’s One More River to Cross”; The Robinson Children; Decca (7900 A); March 13, 1942


The New York Times, March 13, 1942

FEEBLE ESPOSITO’S
CARRIED TO CHAIR

‘Mad Killers,’ Keeping Insanity
Pose to End, Are Wheeled
to Death Chamber

BEDRIDDEN FOR 10 MONTHS

Brothers, Weak From Refusal
to Eat or Exercise, Die
for Ruthless Crimes

OSSINING, N.Y., March 12 – Apparently almost oblivious of their surroundings and what was being done to them, William and Anthony Esposito were put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison tonight for the murder of Patrolman Edward F. Maher, who was shot to death as he pursued the brothers after a hold-up in New York City on Jan. 14, 1941…

…extraordinarily sordid… [$649 in January 1941 had the same buying power as $11,728.13 in February 2022.]


“I Hope I May Join the Band”; The Robinson Children; Decca (7900 B); March 13, 1942


“They All Laughed”; Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra; Ozzie Nelson; Ira and George Gershwin; Bluebird (B-6873-B); Publication date: March 12, 1937


Daily Argus, March 12, 1937, (Unidentified Photographer)

Freed in 50-Cent Stabbing

Mrs. Anna Sheehan quarreled with her husband, who earned $30 [$599 in Feb. 2022] a week, last New Year’s Eve, because he had spent 50 cents [$9.99 in Feb. 2022] for a beer. In the course of the quarrel [Mr.] Sheehan was stabbed with a kitchen knife. He died of the wound. Mrs. Sheehan, charged with the death, shown with their three children, was acquitted by a jury in Queens County Court, New York City, after five hours’ deliberation.


“Where or When (Donde y Cuando)”; Ruby Newman & his Rainbow Room Orch.; Ray Heatherton; Lorenz Hart; Richard Rodgers; Victor (25546-A); Publication date: March 12, 1937


(1) Fire Engines Coming to A Stop; (2) Fire Engines Pumping; (3) Fire Engines Departing; (4) Fire Engines Passing By; (5) Police Squad Cars with Sirens Coming to A Stop; Major (5004 B); 1960


NYPL, February 4, 2022

“THIRD AVE. and 100 TH. ST.”

FOR REFERENCE ONLY
THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
PICTURE COLLECTION

New York City – FIRES

FEB – 1945

CREDIT PHOTO BY WEEGEE THE FAMOUS

Photocopy/laser print of a great Weegee photo… housed in the NYPL Picture Collection until it was “formally transferred” to the Library’s Photography Collection in 2020… It’s included in the exhibition: “Taryn Simon // The Color of a Flea’s Eye: The Picture Collection“… “Through May 15, 2022…”


NYPL, February 4, 2022


“A Faded Photograph;” Whispering Jack Smit; Charles Kenny; Nick Kenny; Richard Howard; Decca (3437 B); September 13, 1940


Colorful Birds Eye View of “THIRD AVE. and 100 TH. ST.” in 2021.


“Fire Engine Effects;” Columbia (YB 1)