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PM Daily, July 31, 1941, p.17
Rocco Finds His Pal Stabbed
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PM Daily, July 31, 1941, p.16-17

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Weegee Daily, July 31, 2013
No Rocco… No, no Rocco…
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Weegee Daily, July 31, 2013
No, no, no Rocco…

Something interesting happened almost everywhere in the Naked City… these are a few highlights of the colorful history of 62 Stanton St. from the NY Times:
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PM, July 31, 1941, pp. 16-17

An on-going collection of images from publications of “Rocco Finds His Pal Stabbed” (Published July 31, 1941) and variants…

Surprisingly, this image isn’t in Naked City. It’s  slightly interesting to ask and examine how many variant images there are for each well-known image, or how many exposures, how many different negatives did Weegee make of each scene. Of course every “crime scene” or the setting of each photo is different; for the “Rocco Finds His Pal Stabbed” image (corpse and dog), there were at least two negatives made. And one of the negatives was sometimes cropped significantly when it was published. Even though the corpse is, of course, not going to move, Rocco was moving, Rocco was walking across the floor and frame, we guess that Weegee took the photo that was published in PM first, somewhat hastily, after he recognized the poignancy and novelty, and the possibility of a great caption, something like, “Dead man and his best friend…”  and then as the man was walking toward the corpse and dog, Weegee quickly changed film, replaced the exposed sheet of 4×5 negative film with an unexposed one, and then after the man walked over to the dead body and live dog, then Weegee took a slightly more thoughtful or composed image… How many images did Weegee make for each story,  how many images were made for context, to illustrate the story. Was Weegee consciously  creating photo essays? For the Rocco image, he took at least four total negatives, two of the corpse and dog, one of Rocco outside, at the door, and one of the bar, with the warm glasses of beer. And then he (presumably) looked across the street and saw the crowd of people in front of the synagogue, made an exposure, and then walked over and took another picture…

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Several Sunday’s ago in a pile of old books we found a card that read: “San Rocco, pregate per noi” with a picture of a Jesus-like man, with shells on his shoulders, pointing to a drop of bright, red blood on his thigh; next to him was a fairly large dog, with something in its mouth. The dog is looking up at the man and the man is looking up, perhaps at or for god… Blood, a dog, and someone named Rocco reminded us of the great Weegee photo: “Rocco Finds His Pal Stabbed.” So we hopped on the subway and tried to find Rocco and his pal…

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PM, July 31, 1941, pp. 16-17

The photo was was taken at 62 Stanton St. It was published in PM on July 31, 1941, p. 17…
Unfortunately, the entire block that housed the Italian restaurant at 62 Stanton St., and Rocco, and Rocco’s pal, Luigi Rivieccio, are gone. Replaced by the … Housing projects… The banality of progress…

A few bits of trivia we learned after googling Saint Rocco: Saint Rocco is believed to be “the protector against the plague and all contagious diseases.” The story of Rocco takes place at the end of the 1300s. Rocco was wandering around France and Italy, curing plague victims and eventually contracted it himself. “…Miraculously a dog that refused to eat, faithfully brought him bread as a means of sustenance. The dog used to leave a nearby castle and the Lord of this castle having a curious nature followed this dog into the woods and discovered Rocco. The nobleman had pity on Rocco and brought him to his castle where Rocco was cured.” http://www.sanrocco.org. The 83rd annual San Rocco festival will be held this summer, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. See http://www.sanrocco.org for more details…