Tag Archives: 1937

Daily News, January 23, 1937 (Foto by Fellig)
“G.M. MOVES TO END TIE-UP. – President Alfred P. Sloan of G.M. is amused on arrival in New York yesterday, as reporter shows him paper. He stated company hoped to reopen its plants.” [“Early in 1937 Mr. Sloan encountered one of the major crises of his business life when newly organized workers in General Motors plants staged a 44-day sitdown strike to obtain union recognition…” NY Times, February 18, 1966]

Daily Mirror, January 2, 1937 (unidentified photographer)
“The first tragic figure of 1937, Mrs. Anna Sheehan, mother of three children, is charged with stabbing her husband to death because he accused her of ever-friendliness with another at a New Years party…”


Daily News, February 16, 1937 (NEWS foto)

They got the girl in black yesterday, the soft-voiced brunette with the scarred lip who has been holding up restaurants with monotonous ease.
Her shiny toy pistol failed to scare three husky men – although it panicked a courtroom a few hours later when a policeman discharged it during her arraignment.
She said her name was Norma Parker. Police said it was an alias. She had been arrested four times on vice charges and had served two terms in the workhouse. She was at liberty in $1,000 bail on a charge of stabbing a girl friend at 134 W. 65th St. [Lincoln Center], last November, in an argument over a man.
Wore Familar Costume
It was 2 A.M. when she first appeared in a cafe at 75th St. and Columbus Ave. She was wearing the black seal coat and the small black toque…
She ordered two cups of coffee…
‘Give me another cup of coffee’ she ordered.
When it was half empty, she asked for change for a quarter. Hasapas opened the cash register and looked up into the muzzle of a nickel-plated pistol.
Three Men Grab Her
‘All right. Let’s have the rest of it,’ she said coolly. The counterman handed over $14 in bills and a couple of nickels. Just then the door opened. The gungirl turned around and Hasapas grabbed her arm.
Nicholas Billows… the customer, and George Meleos, the dishwasher, rushed to the counterman’s aid. Ignoring scratches, bites and kicks, they backed her into a phone booth and wrested the gun from her.
‘Please let me go! You’re hurting my wrist!’ she pleaded…
Denies Everything.
‘That’s the girl,’ said Albert Swank, the night manager.
In the police line-up, she faced the lights and microphone without the flicker of an eyelash. She denied everything, the holdup, the other jobs, even the stabbing…

Through it all the girl calmly chewed hew gum and drummed nonchalantly on the table top.”

This is a Weegee photo, perhaps the other two are too…

Screenshot from a museum website… Weegee’s photos of Norma Parker…




Daily Mirror, February 16, 1937, pp. 1, 3, 19 (Mirror Photo)

Broadway Gun Girl,
Norma Parker, pictured behind bars after her capture while sticking up a West Side cafe with a cap pistol. Insert shows another pose of the coy moll, who is also facing trial for stabbing girl pal…”

Seize Gungirl in 5th Holdup
Meet the Broadway Gun-girl. Our police met up with her yesterday.
She is very calm and chews gum. Demurely, in Felony Court, she answered to th ename of Norma Parker. In other courts she has answered to the names of Jean Williams, Jean Hopkins, Jean Carroll, and Jean Johnson.
Magistrate Aurelio, gazing down at her from the bench, and observing her still…”

Gun Girl, Norma Parker leaves station house with policeman.
After several alleged stickups, attractive, coy, Norma Parker, 25, already out on bail in a stabbing, was captured yesterday morning after robbing restaurant at 323…”

“Tight-lipped and sardonic, Norma Parker, the gun-girl who conducted a solo reign of terror in a series of restaurant holdups, stolidly chews gum at her arraignment. She is shown in three studies as ashe answered court’s question. Her ‘revolver’ turned out to be cap pistol.”

Perhaps Weegee made one or more of these photos… (Perhaps he solved this crime…)

Screenshot from a museum’s website… Weegee’s photos of Norma Parker…