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The New York Times, July 9, 1941

EX-AIDE OF LEPKE HELD IN HIGH BAIL

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

94.7% CONVICTIONS BY DEWEY”S OFFICE

General Sessions Record for 1940 Is Highest in History

SYNDICATE CRIME CRUSHED

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 moma.org)

(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

MR. DEWEY”S ACCOUNTING


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


Uncle Moses, p. 125


Uncle Moses, p. 134


Uncle Moses; a novel, Sholem Asch (1880-1957), Isaac Goldberg (1887-1938), translator, 1920


“On a Sunday at Coney Island,” Gordon MacRae and the Cheerleaders; Carmen Dragon; Vernon Cross; Jeffrey Curtis, 1951

Celebrating the solstice with a trip to Coney Island in June… (And an early reference to “a naked city…”) “…Everything was permissible; the whole world intermingled.” Weegee, the war-time photographer, filled a centerfold with pictures and words of the “escapist crowd,” made on a Sunday at Coney Island… (Like a Stonehenge for midsummer sweltering city-dwellers…) The spread is a sequel of sorts to the previous years’ successful Coney centerfold: “Yesterday at Coney Island… Temperature 89… They Came Early, Stayed Late.” And a sprinkling of songs released in June 1941; possibly heard on the portable radios playing swing…


“She’s Love Crazy”, Tampa Red, Hudson Whittaker, June 1941

Coney Island Revisited… Pictures and Words by Weegee

I was one of 800,000 people – cops’ estimate – at Coney Island yesterday afternoon. It as an escapist crowd. Portable radios played swing instead of war news. Some planes flew over, but nobody paid much attention.

Most of the people arrived with bathing suits under their street clothes and undressed on the beach. A lot brought their lunches, too, and spread newspapers on sand to eat. It was 87 degrees when I took this picture.

First aid for ripped slacks. I don’t know how Mama happened to bring along her needle and thread, but I didn’t pose the picture. You don’t have to that to get amusing pictures at Coney. I go out every summer to photograph the crowds. They’re always the same – and always different. One difference from 1940 and yesterday was the number of soldiers in uniform on boardwalk looking over the gals on sand below.

Waiting three hours to get a picture of the official first lost child of the season when a man came over to the Park Department attendant with this and and, “Lost child.” Pretty soon his wild-eyed mother came up and took him away. The child was making such a rumpus, and the mother seemed so excited about it all, that I didn’t want to bother them to ask their names and address. PM Photos by Weegee

PM, June 9, 1941, pp. 16-17


“Sixth Avenue Express”, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, June 1941


“Rock Me Mama,” Art Tatum And His Band, Joe Turner, Jones, June 1941


“Lonesome Graveyard”, Art Tatum and His Band, Joe Turner, Jones, Williams, June 1941


The New York Times, June 20, 1941

Lepke Must Stand Trial

Appeal in Brooklyn Murder Case Denied by Federal Judge

(80 years ago today…)


“MY MAIN TRIAL IS YET TO COME”, Cope Bros., Englin, 1947


The New York Times, June 13, 1941

2 In Murder Ring Are Put to Death

Pittsburgh Phil Strauss and Buggsy Goldstein Go to Chair for Brooklyn Slaying

83 Killings Laid to Gang

Strauss Was Termed the ‘Most Vicious’ of Mob – Workman Goes to Jersey Prison


…Straus and Goldstein were convicted last Sept. 19 in Kings County Court of the contract slaying of Irving (Puggy) Feinstein, a small-time bookmaker, on Sept. 4, 1939…

Midway through the most significant year in Weegee’s world… (80 years and one week ago today…) The info from Abe Reles… And then the work of O’Dwyer, Turkus, Dewey, Bals, etc., etc…


SING, SING, SING (Part 1), Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, 1937


[Pittsburgh Phil Strauss and Buggsy Goldstein, Brooklyn, NY, April 1940], Life, September 1940 (Unidentified photographer)


SING, SING, SING (Part 2), Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, 1937


The New York Times, June 10, 1941

Midway through one of the most significant years in Weegee’s world… (80 years ago this week…) The info from Abe Reles… The work of O’Dwyer, Turkus, Dewey, Bals, etc… was significantly disrupting the “Brooklyn murder syndicate;” the “underworld”…


Let the Punishment Fit the Crime,” Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra; Jimmy Mitchelle; W. S. Gilbert; Sir Arthur Sullivan; Charles L. Cooke, 1939