“Uncle Josh in a Museum”; Cal Stewart, September 1903

“Smash the Window”; Jolly Tunesmith; Standard (F-14001-A); 1947

“Weegee Warhol Window,” 8/28/2021

“Hanging in The Hock Shop Window”; Kay Lorraine; Harold Grant’s Orchestra; M. Leeds; F. Wise; H. Grant; Standard (T-2097-A)

“EXPERIENCE UNNECESSARY”; Sarah Vaughan; Hugo Peretti And His Orchestra; Shelley; Whitman; Peretti; Creatore; 1955

“Weegee Warhol Window,” 8/28/2021

Weegee in the window, Park Avenue South, beautiful building, five years older than Weegee…

“Window Shopping”; Hank Williams; His Drifting Cowboys; Joseph; MGM (11283-B); 1952

“(How Much Is) That Hound Dog in The Window”; Homer and Jethro; Bob Merrill; RCA Victor (20-5280); March 19, 1953

“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

“Call of The Freaks”; King Oliver and his Orchestra; 1929

Photography By John Adam Knight

MORE MURDER PIX, also fires, accidents and freak shots were demanded by visitors, therefore Arthur (Weegee) Fellig, as shown…, hangs out the sign for a second edition of his fascinating exhibition at the photo League, 31 E. 21st St.

New York Post, September 1941

…the Photo League, 31 E. 21st St., second edition of Weegee’s pictures of night violence… New York. A fascinating…

New York Post, September 1941

“The (New) Call of The Freaks”; Luis Russell and his Orchestra; Luis Russell; Paul Barbarin; Albert Nicholas; J. C. Higginbotham; Henry Allen; Charlie Holmes; Russell; Barbarin; September 9, 1929

“Murder in the First Degree”; St. Louis Jimmy; James Burke Oden; Burton & Oden; April 1956

The New York Times, September 20, 1940


The jury has decided that the two gangsters on trial for murder in Brooklyn were working members of Murder Incorporated. The implications of this trial are shocking. In a certain stratum of the community in which we live it was possible for a few dollars to hire assassins who would guarantee the murder of any specified individual…

The chief informant against the two gangsters who were convicted – “Kid Twist,” as Abe Reles prefers to call himself – glories in his record. Questioned on the number of victims he has “rubbed out,” he counts them on his fingers and figures up to eleven. He has difficulty in remembering the names or mob-names of so-many, but finally calls the roll triumphantly. He had no animosity against any of them, the death of each was accepted “on contract.” The only doubt excited by his graphic recital is whether such a man should be allowed to save his life on any terms.

The New York Times, September 20, 1940

“It’s Murder”; Lil Armstrong And Her Swing Orchestra; Lil Armstrong; Buck; Armstrong; 1936

“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

The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”; Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra; Kenny Sargent; Ernest Seitz; Eugene Lockhart; Publication date: September 18, 1940

The New York Times, September 18, 1940


Goldstein Interrupts Murder
Trial With Dramatic Appeal
to His Ex-Bodyguard


Magoon, State Witness, Turns
Away and Corroborates
Reles Story of Slaying

…”I didn’t know Abe was a killer. He was a family man and was certainly good around the house.”
The New York Times, September 18, 1940

“There Was a Little Girl”; Mitchell Ayres and his Fashions-In-Music; Mary Ann Mercer; Tommy Taylor; Bud Green; Walt Schuman; Publication date: September 18, 1940

“Wild Mab of the Fish Pond”; Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra; Dale Bennett; Publication date: September 17, 1940

It Was About Time

Printing House Square
PM, September 17, 1940, p.9

“1. Telephone Bell – 2 Rings”; 1960

NEW YORK: A City of Telephone Users
PM, September 17, 1940, p.15 (Photos by Ray Platnick and Gene Badger)

“The Telephone Is Ringing”; Pee Wee Crayton; P. W. Crayton; October 1956

Paul Robeson Introduces Songs of Spanish War

He Will Be Commentator Tonight on WQXR (9) for Radio Debut of ‘Lost Records’
PM, September 17, 1940, p.11 (Photo by Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson)

6 Songs For Democracy”; Ernst Busch; Brecht; Elseler; Weinert; Palacio; Espinosa; Ernst; Daniel; Discos De Las Brigadas Internacionales (1A)

[Paul Robeson Hosts WQXR Program]

PM, September 17, 1940, p.9

Murder, Inc. Witness

She Tended Baby As Reles Killed

PM, September 17, 1940, p.9

The New York Times, September 17, 1940


Increases Number to Eleven as He Appears at the Trial of Strauss and Goldstein


Tells of Getting Orders From ‘Boss,’ Waterfront Leader, to ‘Take’ Feinstein
The New York Times, September 17, 1940

“Night and Day”; Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra; Cole Porter; Publication date: September 17, 1940

“Somewhere Somebody’s Waiting For You”; Carlisle Brothers (Cliff and Bill); Publication date: September 16, 1940

PM, September 16, 1940, pp. 16-17 (photos by R. Capa, etc.)

Proud London, Madrid Prove Cities That Won’t Quit Can’t Be Bombed Into Defeat

Like moths to a flame, refugees from the surrounding farmlands poured into Madrid. Piling up faster than the war-harried government could ship them on to safer areas, thousands of women and children cooked, ate and slept in the subways.

Air raids are fun, too – if your fighter planes can get at the raiders before they dump their loads. Spectators may be killed by a spent bullet, but Madrilenos got so they’d risk even that for momentary relief from the boredom of life under siege.

PM, September 16, 1940, pp. 18-19 (Artist, page 19: William Sharp)

What High School Girls Like to Wear

Murder, Inc. Trial in Second Week

The court clerk at the left knows that hard-of-hearing Judge John J. Fitzgerald’s bite is worse than his bark. Artist William Sharp caught his Honor just after one of the Strauss-Goldstein lawyers had irked him.
PM, September 16, 1940, p.19

A Hollywood actor might envy courtroom style of assistant DA Burton B. Turkus (standing). Expressions of his backstoppers, Louis Josephs (foreground) and Solomon A. Klein mean deep thinking.
PM, September 16, 1940, p.19

When a felon needs a friend, he is apt to look up Leo Healy and Daniel H. Prior (left), two of the shrewdest criminal lawyers going. That’s what Harry (Pittsburgh Phil) Strauss (center) and Martin (Buggsy) Goldstein did when District Attorney O’Dwyer nabbed them on charges of a Murder, Inc. killing. Mr. Prior says wild look in Harry’s eyes is because he’s crazy and shouldn’t stand trial. at all.
PM, September 16, 1940, p.19

“You’ve Got What It Takes”; Orrin Tucker and His Orchestra; Bonnie Baker and The Bodyguards; C. Tobias; Berle; H. Tobias; Publication date: September 16, 1940