“Gangsters may replace Indians, but kids still love the secret passage that opens to the initiated as if by magic, revealing strange and dangerous adventures.
To the writer of this proud boast, “detective” stands for glamor plus much-admired toughness.”
“We don’t know wheter this represents a moral condemnation of a shady lady, or a 10-year-old’s scorn of girls who ‘dress-up.’
But he’s got a wife, see, and she comes in and sees this guy in there – no, this other guy-so she pulls a gun, see, and says…”
PM Weekly, March 2, 1941 (photographs by Helen Levitt, words by Ralph Steiner)