Tag Archives: 1941

“Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule”; Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; C. Stewart; W. Davis; D. Groaner; F. Moore; July 18, 1945

PM, July 18, 1945

From the Editor

Rave Notice

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

It’s a book of pictures – pictures such as you’ve never seen before, except maybe in PM. it is called Naked City, published by Essential Books, sells for $4 – and is worth it…

“Buzz Me,” Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five; Louis Jordan; F. Moore; D. Baxter; July 18, 1945

PM, July 18, 1941

Wrong Number: At least that’s the expression on Rainbow’s face…

“Wrong Number”; Red River Dave; McEnery; The Texas Tophands; 1949

“Novachord Solos”; Kern; Washington; Romberg; Rodgers; Bassman; Fred Feibel; Harbach; Youmans; Caesar; Hammerstein II; Williams; Hickman; Hart; Cole Porter; July 17, 1941

The New York Times, July 17, 1941

Lepke Asks Change of Venue

A few great recordings released today, July 17, 1941:

“No Answer”; Andy Kirk And His Clouds of Joy; Henry Wells; Guy Wood; Al Hoffman; Maurice Siegler; July 17, 1941

“Tarzan Of The Apes – Part 1”; Tarzan Players; Edgar Rice Burroughs; July 17, 1941

“Wee Wee Hours”; Big Bill Broonzy; July 17, 1941

“Patience And Fortitude”; Count Basie and his Orchestra; Jimmy Rushing; Warren; Moore, Jr.; 1946

“Patience And Fortitude”; BENNY CARTER and his ORCHESTRA; Benny Carter and Bixie Harris; Warren & Moore; Walter Fuller; 1946

PM, July 13, 1941, pp. 48-49 (photos by Thurman Rotan, Torkel Korling, Ruth Bernhard, and R.L. Doty, etc.)

PATIENCE Is What You Need to Take Cat Pictures

by Ralph Steiner

Cats are like children in that most people like them. Many people photograph them. They both are easy to photograph: they aren’t camera shy, and they assume an infinity of expressions and positions. There should be a wealth of good pictures of cats and children, yet there isn’t. It has taken a long time and a lot of searching to assemble the few good cat pictures you see here.

To make good photographs of cats the photographer does not have to be a great mind, a deep thinker, or a super-sensitive artist. He just has to be patient enough to wait until his subject is most expressive of some cat quality that appeals to him. Cats can be wise, foolish, elegant, awkward, playful, serious, tame, wild, social, independent, active and passive. They can react like humans to a situation, and some of their expressions can resemble ours.

Cat photographers should use their own observation to add to this catalog of cat facets. They should then use it as a guide to more interesting and more cat-like pictures.

PM Weekly, July 13, 1941, pp. 48-49 (photos by Thurman Rotan, Torkel Korling, Ruth Bernhard, and R.L. Doty, etc.)

“Patience and Fortitude”; Andrews Sisters; Vic Schoen and His Orchestra; Billy Moore, Jr.; Blackie Warren; 1945

PM, July 13, 1941, pp. 48-49 (photos by Thurman Rotan, Torkel Korling, Ruth Bernhard, and R.L. Doty, etc.)

Entirely irrelevant, a few songs released today, July 13, 1942:

“Swing Out To Victory”; “Fats” Waller and his Rhythm; Ed Kirkeby; Thos. “Fats” Waller; “Fats” Waller; July 13, 1942.

“Up Jumped You with Love”; “Fats” Waller and his Rhythm; “Fats” Waller; Ed Kirkeby; Thos. “Fats” Waller; July 13, 1942.

Danger! Men Blasting,” Abe Lyman and his Californians; Don Raye; Harry James; Rose Blane; 1939

M.K. Gandhi: A New Picture Of Britain’s Friendly Enemy

Detour,” Spade Cooley and his Orchestra; Oakle, Arkle and Tex; Westmoreland; 1945

[Margaret] Bourke-White Finds Soviet Women Eager To Go To Front… Many Volunteer As Nuses

Detour Ahead,” Billie Holiday (Lady Day); Tiny Grimes’ Sextext; Frigo; Carter; Ellis; 1951

Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s great inventors, celebrated his 84th birthday…

Stranger You’re In Danger,” Millie Craig; Velvatones; Don Massey Orchestra; Gene Smith, 1954

PM, July 11, 1941

DEPARTMENT OF INDIGNATION… Danger! Traffic Signs Ahead

This no U-turn stanchion was in the middle of the street on West 34th Street opposite Macy’s at 4:30 a.m. It had no red warning lantern.

This detour sign at the entrance to the park at Central Park West and 81st Street, is also without a lantern in the middle of the night.

At West 109th St. and Amsterdam Ave., this sign was left in the center of the roadway all night in a two-way street, a menace to traffic.

No red lantern warns motorists of this standard at Broadway and 44th St. It should have been put on the sidewalk or lighted.

This lantern isn’t much good as a warning device. It was clipped by a passing car and broken It wasn’t replaced all night.
PM Photos by Weegee

PM, July 11, 1941, p. 19

Danger In The Dark,” Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra; Larry Taylor; Al Dubin; Jimmy McHugh; 1939

The New York Times, July 9, 1941


Former Official of Union Has Knowledge of Murder, Prosecutor Asserts

Bond Is Fixed at $25,000

Defendant Harbored Witness in Rosen Killing in Brooklyn, Court is Told

The New York Times, July 9, 1941

In today’s Lepke (and/or Murder Inc. and/or “underworld”) news… the significant murder trial of “garment trucker” Joseph Rosen rolls on…

Entirely irrelevant, a few songs released today, July 10th:

Pennsylvania Polka,” Sam Donahue and his Orchestra; Bob Matthews; Lee; Manners; July 10, 1942

“The One That Got Away,” Slam Stewart Quintet; Slam Stewart; Red Norvo; Johnny Guarnieri; Morey Feld; Chuck Wayne; Leonard Feather; July 10, 1945

“I’ve Kissed You My Last Time,” Kitty Wells; Bill Carlisle; V. Suber; T. Cutrer; July 10, 1953

NO PARKING,” Paul Quinichette and his Orchestra; Quinichette; 1953

PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

Department of Indignation: Illegal Signs

No sign, painting, or printing purporting to give directions, speed limits or other provisions of the Traffic Regulations or manner of driving shall be permitted on the streets or sidewalks or buildings without proper authority. – Section 7 of the Police Department’s Traffic Regulations, as amended Nov. 4, 1940.

Quote that to the doorman who, pointing to a sign like those pictured at right and below, says: You can’t park here!”

For the only No parking sign that can make it stick is the official Police Department sign pictured here.
PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

NO PARKING HERE,” GENE O’QUIN; Billy Fairman; Billey Willey; 1951

1026 Fifth Ave.
1130 Fifth Ave.
233 W. 125th St.
601 Cathedral Pkwy.
13 E. 70h St.
935 Fifth Ave.
2510 Broadway
PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

No Parking (No estacionarse)“, The Cotton Pickers; Napoleon; Raph; Chase; 1929

The superintendent at 789 West End Ave., an apartment house, put on this demonstration for Weegee, who took the pictures, on the page. The sign keeps most parkers away, he said. But once in a while a driver simply pulls up there and, when challenged, “answers with a four-letter word” telling the superintendent what he can do.
PM, July 9, 1941, p.19

Parking Meter Blues,” Shelton Bros. (Bob and Joe); Johnny Hodges; 1939

“YOU AIN’T NOWHERE,” Jimmie Lunceford and his Orch.; Edwin Wilcox; James Crawford; Moses Allen; Al Norris; Willie Smith; Joe Thomas; Ted Buchner; Earl Carruthers; Dan Grisson; Gerald Wilson; Paul Webster; Snookie Young; Elmer Crumbley; James Young; Russell Bowles; Dandridge Sisters; Jordan Redman; Segure; July 9, 1941

Crime Does Not Pay,” Frank Luther Trio; Bob Miller; July 1934

I Found You in the Rain,” Tony Pastor and his Orchestra; Eugenie Baird; Harold Barlow; Chopin; July 7, 1941

The New York Times, July 7, 1941


General Sessions Record for 1940 Is Highest in History


Citing Complexity of Task In Manhattan, He Seems Justice Succeeding In Democracy

…Fourteen persons were convicted of first-degree murder in 1940.

Crime Will Never Pay,” Gene Autry and The Pinafores; Carl Cotner; Willard Robison; Jack Pepper, 1951

Weegee, Thomas E. Dewey and Photographers, 1942 (Screenshot from

(Might have been a little premature to say: “…confidently that organized crime on a syndicate basis is practically at an end in New York County.”… In Kings County, in July 1941, Murder Inc. was reeling from Reles’ confessions…)

The Blues Have Got Me,” Jack Teagarden And His Orchestra; Jack Teagarden; Charles La Vere; Irving Mills; July 7, 1941

The New York Times, July 7, 1941


I’m Going To Start A Racket,” Lil Green; James Maddox; July 1941

The New York Times, June 28, 1941

Liquor License For Hero

Weisberg, Figure in Esposito Capture, Will Open a Store

…Leonard Weisberg, the taxi driver who was injured in heroic efforts to capture the Esposito brothers after a midtown hold-up and murder last January…

“Troubles Good-Bye,” Jimmy Liggins And His Drops of Joy; Jimmy Liggins; J. Liggins, 1947

Eighty years ago today: a conclusion of sorts to the midtown Mad Dog Esposito brothers’ story…
A quick review of Leonard Weisberg’s heroics…
(With irreverent, irrelevant, and almost contemporaneous musical accompaniment.)

“Sloppy Drunk,” Walter Brown And Jay McShann’s Quartet; Walter Brown; Brown, 1947

…Not all in the crowd ran. Mr. Weisberg, whose cab was parked in Thirty-Fifth Street, ran up and threw himself on the armed bandit. Esposito shot him in the neck and the taxi driver rolled over onto the sidewalk….
New York Herald Tribune, January 15, 1941

As the wounded bandit [William Esposito] fired, Leonard Weisberg, thirty-six year old taxi driver, of 1577 Carroll Street Brooklyn, jumped on him. The gunman shot him in the neck just before he was captured, the payroll money, in a brown envelope, still in his pocket…
New York Herald Tribune, January 15, 1941

The New York Herald Tribune, January 15, 1941

“I Ain’t Drunk,” Jimmy Liggins, 1954

…A brave taxi driver named Leonard Weisberg lunged full at the spitting gun in an effort to save Maher, who was his friend. But the policeman fell dead and Weisberg writhed on the sidewalk, a bullet in his throat…
LIFE, January 27, 1941

LIFE, January 27, 1941

“I Got Hi,” Frank Ervin and His Band; Hurley; Moore, 1955

Slaughter on Fifth Avenue

…The crowd surged back, then forward. A taxi driver named Leonard Weisberg leaped on the prone gunman. He grabbed for the revolver, missed. Esposito jerked it back a few inches, fired again. Weisberg, clutching his throat, gasping for breath, fell to the sidewalk…

The Espositos went to the hospital, to the line-up, to indictment for murder. Leonard Weisberg, recovering from his throat wound, was promised a new cab of his own and won a hero’s praise. The Nazi press gleefully played up the crime as evidence of democratic depravity.
Time, January 27, 1941

“When I Been Drinking,” Rosetta Howard; Big Three Trio; Broonzy, 1947

The New York Daily News, January 15, 1941

“Thinking and Drinking,” Amos Milburn and his Aladdin Chickenshackers; O. O. Merritt, 1952

The New York Times, January 15, 1941

“When I’ve Been Drinking,” Jay McShann and His Jazz-Men; Numa Lee Davis; Cleophus Curtis; Raymod Taylor; Jay McShann; Albert Wichard, 1945

The New York Herald Tribune, January 16, 1941 [$18 in January 1941 had the same buying power as $343.65 in May 2021.]

“Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Never Touch Mine,” Tiny Hill And His Orchestra; Tiny Hill; Edgin; J. Hill, 1946

“Street Scene,” Benny Carter Quintet; Norman Granz; Alfred Newman, 1952

PM, June 27, 1941, pp. 12-13

Street Scene In New York:
A Wild Kid in a Stolen Car
Knocks Over a Milk Wagon

Automobile accidents are all too common. On an average day in New York there are 81 such accidents averaging 68 persons injured, two or three persons killed…

PM, June 27, 1941

(1) Car starting and running; (2) Screech of brakes and crash with women’s scream; (3) Crowd murmurs at scene of accident; (4) Ambulance Bell and Siren; (5) Surf)

The Durable Harold Horn
He Keeps Popping Up in Front of Cop

A drama in three acts… entitled: “If At First You Don’t Succeed Try, Try Again.”

Horn was booked on charges of grand larceny, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, dangerous driving, and – inasmuch as Joseph McDonald, 24, of 352 50th St., Brooklyn, driver of the milk-wagon was injured in the crash – third degree assault.
The New York Post, June 26, 1941, p.4

“Milkman Polka,” Jolly Jack Robel And His Orchestra, 1941

“Wild Man Blues,” Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven; Armstrong; Morton; Louis Armstrong; Kid Ory; Johnny Dodds; Lillian Hardin; Johnny St. Cyr; Pete Briggs; Baby Dodds, 1927