PM, March 5, 1941, p. 32

This Man Started His Crime Career at 12
“…by forging his mother’s name to an excuse for absence at school. Now at 23 George Joseph Cvek, a pock-marked hitch-hiker, finds himself handcuffed between detectives behind bars – a confessed thief, rapist and killer (On pages 12 and 13, his clinical profile.) PM Pohoto by Weegee.”

PM, March 5, 1941, pp. 12-13

Portrait of a Killer: George Cvek Got a Bad Start and Kept Going

By John Kobler

“George Joseph Cvek (pronounced Civic), who admits having assaulted and robbed 15 women, raped 3 of them, and murdered a 16th, is one of the most unimaginative rogues ever filed in a Rogues’ Gallery…”

Daily Argus, March 4, 1941, p.1 (Associated Press Photo)

Brooklyn Eagle, March 4, 1941, p. 1 (Wide World Photo)

George Joseph Cvek, described by the NY Times as a 23-year-old “hitch-hike robber,” was arrested Monday, March 3, 1941 in a ” in a cheap midtown Manhattan hotel” (New Mills Hotel at 36th and 7th Ave., WI sconson 7-3254)…

One of the greatest lesser-known Weegee photos, printed as a full page in PM, shows how great the symbiotic relationship between photographer and newspaper…

(To be continued…)

(Images from ebay)


US $55.00 – Buy It Now, or Make an Offer



Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography”

Item specifics:
Original/Reprint: Original Print
Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
Modified Item: No
Region of Origin: US
Date of Creation: 1940-1949
Photo Type: Gelatin Silver
Size Type/Largest Dimension: 5×4
Color: Black & White

(Words copied from ebay.)

It might be “rare,” it might be “stamped,” it might be a photo…
(There are frequently misspellings and bad grammar in fraudulent ebay listings.)
Nevertheless this photo was not made by Weegee…

“Stooge for Bund Leader Guards Our Waterfront”, by Gene De Poris, PM, March 3, 1942, p. 5, (photos by Leo Lieb, Weegee)

PM, March 3, 1942, pp. 5, 16-17

5 by Hurrell
Steiner Picks Hollywood Glamor Man’s Best Work

Sumptuously Sexy… Bette Davis… a dramatic actress with fire in her veins…
Unique Personality of a Dietrich…
Pools of Mysterious Black… Now editors demand dark pictures, say they’re his trademark. This is Conchita Montenegro.
The Woman everyman showers with… Ann Sheridan…
Sex and Glamor… dancer Zorina… to capture a feeling of soaring into space.

“George Hurrell is the top glamor photographer in Hollywood. He has lived two success stories…

Hurrell chose a middle corse. He decided against the daily grind and also against life in a garret… He didn’t consider glamor pictures world-shakingly inportant, but they were the thing he did best. It was work he could have fun at if he could be his own boss.

Hurrell quit and moved into his own studio, kept overhead low by doing most of the work himself. Now he makes fewer but better picture; earns plenty; takes time off. He’s a happy man. That’s Hurrell’s second success story. – Ralph Steiner.” PM, March 3, 1942, pp. 16-17

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

Weegee, [Accident], March 1, 1939 (images from auction website)

Sold for $699.99 (plus $8.00 shipping) on December 16, 2018.

Motorist’s Pillar of Death
New York City – One man was killed when this car hit a lone pillar standing along the line where the old Sixth Avenue elevated railway is being dismantled. Policemen are checking the wreckage at Sixth Avenue and 27th Street early March 1.

80 years ago today…