The first day of fall

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André Kertész, [Vert galant on a fall afternoon, Paris], 1963 (491.1983)

 

Post by Yvan Sikiaridis, intern, International Center of Photography

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This is a Labor Day blog post

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Unidentified Photographer, [Two Domestic Workers], ca. 1875 (72.2004)

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Unidentified Photographer, [Two Masons], ca. 1870 (2010.43.3)

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Unidentified Photographer, [Blacksmith], ca. 1860 (77.2004)

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Fred Weese, [Blacksmith], June 20, 1886 (81.2004)

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Unidentified Photographer, [Chemist], ca. 1880 (2010.43.2)

If the first Labor Day “was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City,” according to the Department of Labor’s History of Labor Day webpage, then almost all of the these photos, beautiful and magnetic, of workers, almost all produced by unidentified photographers, were made before the workers received an official day of recognition and a day off.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of this country. Department of Labor

Qualitatively and quantitatively this quickly (I have so much work to do) prepared (and so little time) display (when is lunch?) of tintypes (the best medium) of workers (the best people), including many males with more-than-abundant facial hair, is not as good as last year’s instant classic Labor Day blog post: On their deathbed, no one ever said: “I wish I spent more time at the office.” (Irrelevantly, I am out to lunch and found a new favorite photo: [Chemist], ca. 1880, now that’s a great photo! Who is that character? Where was that photo made? What is in those beakers? Diabolically Beautiful.)

Interestingly and relevantly as of August 5, 2016, the American unemployment rate was 4.9%. “255,000 jobs were created in July 2016″ according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth increased in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities, while employment in the mining industry continued to decrease” (ncsl.org). And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 7.8 million unemployed persons in America in August, 2016. The average non-farm workweek is 34.3 hours; the average hourly non-farm wage is $25.73. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, social assistance, professional and technical services and health care. (This information is a summary of the Employment Situation Summary, from the US Department of Labor.)

Intriguingly this Labor Day blog post is a creation of a photographer and is dedicated to the creative achievements of workers. It consists of a yearly international tribute to the contributions constituents have made to the curiosity of this country.
More importantly: have many happy, creative, innovative and productive Labor Days and days of labor.

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Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Photographer], ca. 1875 (2008.57.5)

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[The Almost Alchemy of Photography]

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Happy Birthday Ruth Orkin

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Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “From Gansevoort St. Pier, Boys Swimming in Hudson River,” ca. 1948 (549.1983)

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Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Greenwich Ave and Horatio St., NYC,” July 4, 1949 (541.1983)

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Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Tired Little Boy Outside Circus, Madison Square Garden,” 1947-8 (548.1983)

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Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Messenger Room at MGM in Culver City,” 1948 (547.1983)

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Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Ethel Waters, Carson McCullers and Julie Harris at ‘Members of a Wedding Party’,” 1950 (537.1983)

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Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, Lewisohn Stadium,” 1947 (1628.1990)

Ruth Orkin was born September 3, 1921. The Ruth Orkin Archive is here.

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Nathan Lyons, 1930-2016

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Nathan Lyons, from the “Notations in Passing” series, 1962–74 (213.1985)

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Marc Riboud, 1923-2016

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Marc Riboud, Pentagon march, 1967 (43.1974)

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Ritz, Rocco, Skippy and Smokey

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Weegee, “Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze, New York,” February 1, 1944 (1056.1993)

Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday. Noticing the dog had a broken leg, a fireman wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the street. PM Photo by Weegee.
PM, February 1, 1944, Vol. IV, No. 195, p. 10

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PM, February 1, 1944, Vol. IV, No. 195, p. 10

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Weegee, [Rocco the Great Dane with body of chef Luigi Rivieccio], July 31, 1941 (929.1993)

Rocco Finds His Pal Stabbed
By Weegee
Riding around early Wednesday morning, I picked up a police radio call for 62 Stanton St. I got there at the same time as the cops.
Inside an Italian restaurant a man was lying dead on the floor. He had been stabbed. He was the chef in the place. And the story the police got was that four customers ganged up on him because he had served them warm beer. They got away in a Cadillac car.
A huge Great Dane dog was circling around the body on the floor, not letting anyone near it. The owner of the place told me the dead man, Luigi Rivieccio, and the dog had been great friends. The dog had been outside and came in just after the fight to find his pal dead. Finally the cops formed a circle around the body and edged the dog out into the street.
But the dog, called Rocco, kept trying to get back in. He sniffed around the door, pushed his big paw against it, and finally began to claw at the latch.
It didn’t help. The cops took the body out, made fingerprints from the half empty beer glasses and sent out an alarm for four missing customers. They were lucky Rocco hadn’t returned earlier. PM Photos by Weegee.
PM, July 31, 1941, p. 17

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PM, July 31, 1941, p. 17

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Weegee, “You Can’t Put Me Out of My Own House… Even if It’s on Fire,” October 10, 1940 (15120.1993)

You Can’t Put Me Out of My Own House… Even if It’s on Fire
The name is Skippy and his ancestry’s a mystery. He lived with Miss Sarah McKenna, an elderly woman at 26-29 First St., Long Island City, right across the street from a lumber yard that burned down last night and set their frame house afire. Skippy slumped down in the hall while firemen dragged in hose, tramped back and forth. They couldn’t get him out, neither could his mistress. He’s still there this morning. Photos by Weegee, PM Staff.
PM, October 10, 1940, Vol. I, No. 83, p. 21

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PM, October 10, 1940, Vol. I, No. 83, p. 21

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Weegee, “The water tower working into a three – alarm fire at Broadway and 10th St. last week also showered on Smokey, the Dalmatian that answers calls with Hook and Ladder 20,” December 20, 1942 (1078.1993)

The Water Tower working into a three-alarm fire at Broadway and 10th St. last week also showered spray on Smokey, the Dalmatian that answers calls with Hook and Ladder 20. Weegee, out Police Headquarters photographer, snapped the cold and drenched mascot as he emitted a howl of protest. Firemen heard the cry and took time out to cover Smokey with a rubber coat, while a bystander, above, added the shelter of an umbrella until the water tower was shut off. PHOTOS BY WEEGEE.
PM, December 20, 1942, p. 25

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PM, December 20, 1942, p. 25

Weegee’s dogs, part two of a projected three part series.

Weegee Wednesday is an occasional series exploring, or just enjoying, the life and work of Weegee.

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Photographs

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(Faron Young and Carrie)

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(Marvin Rainwater and Lorraine)
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(Marvin Rainwater and Pauline)

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(Patsy Cline)

Unidentified Photographer, [Photographs], 1959 (2015.5.1)

This album begins with photos from the WWVA (1170 AM, radio station in Wheeling, West Virginia) Jamboree on May 30, 1959.

The photos of the performances are great but I love the photos of the musicians with, presumably, the photographer and photo album maker, and her friends.

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