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PM, July 18, 1945, p. 19
LETTERS
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.
I’ve been through my copy now three times, and every trip there’s something new.
The book is a collection of the better pictures Weegee has taken in the years he has spent as a freelance photographer, mostly of murders and fires, but sometimes of love. Many of them have appeared as news pictures in PM, and you’ll remember some of them – certainly the ones of Joe McWilliams, the Nazi lover, with the rear end of his horse, and Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh with the late Lady Decies and their jewels at the opera.
It is unfair to use a single illustration as typical, but I’m using the one in the next column of the Bowery floozy’s gam because I like it, and because I like Weegee’s caption: Ladies keep heir money in their stockings…
Weegee is a rumpled, heavy-set, cigar-smoking man with a camera who lives with one ear at a police radio. He rather likes to pass himself off as a character. He is, but not exactly the same one.”
-John P. Lewis

That’s a great little review or notice. Now we know Naked City was published on July 18, 1945, sold for $4…
Inspired by the quote: “Many of them have appeared as news pictures in PM” and being curious, we decided to investigate the prepublication history of the photos in Naked City.
Naked City: 246 pages with 247 photos

Before publication in Naked City:
78 photos were published in PM
6 significant variant photos were published in PM
4 photos were published in The New York Daily News
3 photos were published in Life
2 photos were published in The New York Post
1 photo was published in The New York Herald Tribune

The earliest photo that we could conclusively date in a publication is “Balcony Seats at a Murder,” published in the New York Post, on Nov. 17, 1939.
The latest photo that we could conclusively date in a publication is “Opening Night at the Opera,” published in PM, on December 3, 1944.

(to be continued…)

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PM, May 22, 1945

It Happened in the U.S.A.
Bogart and Bacall in Bucolic Bridal
“Bromfield Adds Snapdragons and Rustic Setting
At Mansfield, O., Humphrey Bogart, the movie tough guy, and Lauren Bacall, known as The Look, were married at the home of Louis Bromfield, the farmer, in as quiet a ceremony as possible considering that there were Hollywood press agents all over the place. Arriving from Chicago with Miss Bacall’s mother, the couple got their license from Probate Judge S. H. Cramer, who pointed out that Ohio law required that at least one party to an Ohio marriage be an Ohio resident. This hurdle was crossed when Miss Bacall swore that she was a resident of Lucas, O., after which the party adjourned to the Bromfield manse, where Bogart grabbed a few Martinis to soothe his nerves. Municipal Judge H. H. Shettler performed the ceremony in a rustic setting in the entrance hall, decked with snapdragons and shrubs. He worked from a loose-leaf notebook, explaining that he had typed out an improvised service for this special occasion, “combining a little of everything.” Miss Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, wore what was described as a simple doeskin beige dress adorned with a big orchid; Bogart, a plain gray suit and a dark maroon necktie.”

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PM Daily, June 6, 1945
“On June 6, 1944, the Yanks poured ashore from landing barges onto the coast of Normandy, to buy with blood a crushing victory over the Nazis.”
“One American lies face down in a bloody puddle. He died on the first day; he never saw the time of triumph his sacrifice helped to win… And you can arrange an appointment to donate blood by calling one of these Red Cross centers…