“The Line Is Busy”; Excelsior Music; Star (Orig.); Publication date: 1940-08-23

PM, August 23, 1940, Exclusive Photo by Weegee

Masked, Armed Bandits Rob Manhattan Mail Train

Mail Clerk Brooks Hall waiting for police to saw away handcuffs clamped on by bandits.

“Mail Order Woman”; Jack Dupree; Dupree; Burkes; King (4938); 1955

Rome, NY, August 24, 1940

Train Robbers Shackle Mail Clerk

Brooks Hall (center) railway mail clerk on a New York Central train held up by six gunmen at the Marble Hill station in New York City, was shackled to an iron post in the mail car, along with his companion. The robbers escaped with a mail pouch which they apparently thought carried money shipments but which postal authorities said carried nothing of value.

“Kaycee On My Mind”; Pete Johnson; Dave Dexter; Decca (3384 B); August 23, 1940

Albany, August 24, 1940 (Associated Press Photo)

Shackled by Train Robbers

“Blues On The Down Beat”; Pete Johnson; Decca (3384A), August 23, 1940

“I Wish All My Children Were Babies Again;” Gene Autry; Baxley; Conqueror (9806); Publication date: August 11, 1941

Weegee, PM, August 11, 1941


Weegee, Weegee’s World, 1997, p. 60

“I’m Comin’ Home Darlin'”; Gene Autry; Autry; Hoefle; Dean; Conqueror (9806); Publication date: August 11, 1941

August 11, 2022

“Heat Wave”; Ethel Waters; Berlin; Columbia (2826-D); 1933

Weegee, Herald Tribune, August 4, 1940

Heat-Wave Nocturne in Downtown New York

Weegee, “Naked City,” 1945

“Heat Wave”; Marilyn Monroe; 20th Century-Fox Orchestra and Chorus; Irving Berlin; RCA Victor (20-6033); 1955

“Wee Baby Blues”; Art Tatum And His Band; Joe Turner; Decca (48062 A); January 21, 1941

Unidentified Photographer, ca. 2022 (Screenshot)

“The Gee Gee Walk”; Gone All Stars; Buddy Lucas; Westbrook; Goldner; Gone (Gone 5025); 1958

“Gee Gee Blues”; Vince Di Maggio; Universal (U-125); 1948

“The Chicks I Pick Are Slender and Tender and Tall”; Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; Mike Jackson; Bubsy Meyers; Decca (23629 A / 23629 B); Publication date: July 21, 1942

PM, July 21, p. 32 (Photos by Weegee and Irving Haberman)

Yes, It Was Hottest Day of the Year All Right, All Right

Yesterday thermometer showed 92.6 at 4:45 p.m. – highest of 1942. At 1 a.m yesterday it was 85 – that was when this mam opened fire hydrant.
PM, July 21, p. 32

“Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five”; Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; Mike Jackson; William Weldon; Shepard; Williams; Decca (23628 A); Publication date: July 21, 1942

“When My Baby Left Me”; Cootie Williams and his Orchestra; Williams; Vinson; Eddie Vinson; Capitol (266); Publication date: July 19, 1945

The New York Post, July 19, p. 19


By John Adam Knight

Worth Anyone’s $4
[$4 in July 1945 had the same buying power as $65.48 in June 2022.]

All of this is background for a brief review of a fine new picture book, Weegee’s “Naked City” (Essential Books, 243 pp., $4). This is Weegee at his former best, which means virtually unequaled. Most of these pictures were made before the Museum of Modern Art’s kiss of death took effect, and the purchaser need have little fear of being stuck with serious “art.”

What he will get for his $4 is a collection of grauvre reproductions of about 200 stark almost primitive photographs of death, despair and degeneracy in New York between midnight and morning. Though technically poor photographs, almost every one of them tells a gripping, human story, one of the best reasons I know for the invention of the camera.

The paper shortage denies me the pleasure of describing dozens of these pictures individually. I have space only to urge every one interested to buy the book and learn the lesson that Weegee once knew that honesty, a genuine interest in people – all people – and a recognition of what constitutes human interest in pictures can make any of you nearly as great as Weegee once was.

The New York Post, July 19, p. 19

“Echoes Of Harlem”; Cootie Williams And His Orchestra; Cootie Williams; Duke Ellington; Capitol (266); Publication date: July 19, 1945

“Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule”; Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; C. Stewart; W. Davis; D. Groaner; F. Moore; Decca (18734 A); Publication date: July 18, 1945

PM, July 18, 1945

Rave Notice

There’s a new book in the stores today by Weegee, who bills himself as “the famous” – and is…

PM, July 18, 1945

Weegee, Naked City, 1945

77 years ago today…

Happy “Naked City” Day!

“Buzz Me”; Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; F. Moore; D. Baxter; Decca (18734 B); Publication date: July 18, 1945

(1) Continuous Machine Gun Burst; (2) Single Machine Gun Burst; (3) Single Machine Gun Burst…; Major (5010 A); 1960

Elmira Star, June 16, 1925

Carrying or owning firearms without permit is a grave offense in the state of New York, but on the East Side guns are bootlegged as freely as hooch. Arthur Fellig, a photographer, tells me that while he was walking along Third Avenue the other night a gorilla approached him and asked him if he needed a gun, saying he would rent him one for a dollar [in June 1925 $1 had the same buying power as $16.70 in May 2022] a day.
Elmira Star, June 16, 1925

Machine Gun; Victor (S E-14); 1928

“Happy Birthday”; Eddie Davis and his Orchestra; Sittin’ In With (520); 1949

PM, March 2, 1941

[Eegeew dna Yram Teragram EdirBcm], Yluj 91, 5491

“Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”; The Tune Weavers; Frank Paul’s Orch.; M. Sylvia; G. Lopez; Checker (872); 1957

PM, March 9, 1941

A picture with somebody in it sells better than a picture of a lifeless object. So Weegee sometimes puts himself in his picture-shooting them by “remote control.” Here he is posing as a “curious passerby” looking at the body of a Brooklyn murder victim found in trunk near the Gowanus Canal.
PM, March 9, 1941

“Happy Birthday To You”; Raymond Scott and his New Orchestra; Clyde Burke; M. J. Hill; Columbia (35864); November 29, 1940

“Happy Birthday”; Craven Edwards And his Lazy K-Ranch Boys; Len Stokes; Hill; Diamond (2007-A); June 1946

PM, March 9, 1941

Weegee makes friends readily. On a Chinatown assignment he got this New Year’s lucky wish from a Chinese girl. He has a photo of her painting it pinned above his bed (see picture on next page). It is characteristic of him to have his picture taken this way. The cigar is standard equipment.
PM, March 9, 1941

“Today Is Your Birthday”; The Enchanters; Buddy Lucas and his Band of Tomorrow; Bernstein; Levine; Odom; Geritz; Jubilee (5072); 1952

“Happy Birthday Father (From)”; Harry Tush and his Society Orchestra; Rondoliers; Avalon (502A)

PM, March 9, 1941

Weegee’s room shows his devotion to his job. On top of his regular radio is a police short-wave radio and a loudspeaker attached to it dangles over his bed. On the floor are his special “murder shoes” – at left – and his “snow shoes.” He keeps his “fire shoes” in his car. The wall decorations are examples of his work and certificates of awards for prize-winning pictures. The cardboard boxes at the extreme right are his disorderly “files.” The typewriter is his latest acquisition. He has recently taken up writing – a field in which he shows rather startling talent. We don’t know what the Flit is for.
PM, March 9, 1941

Weegee (1899-1968) and Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976), July 19, 1945

“Birthday Party”; Sil Austin; J. CollinsMercury (71027); December 25, 1956

Happy Birthday Weegee… born 123 years ago today…