Weegee Wednesday: The Photographer Who Mistook a Photographer’s Hat for a Head

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[Weegee’s hat], ca. 1950

There aren’t too many hats here in the archive, but there is this beautiful brown fedora, once worn by Weegee. (The connection between the French actress Sarah Bernhardt and Weegee, Sarah Bernhardt and Weegee walk into a bar… no, no, no, not Weegee, just his preferred kind of hat, can be read here.) This hat, size and manufacturer unknown, can be seen at the Ryerson Image Centre, in Toronto, Canada, (October 14 – December 13, 2015) in the “Weegee: Murder is My Business” exhibition. A few fotos of a felt fedora clad Fellig:

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Weegee, 6 foot snake found at Broadway and 78th St. Curious bystander looks over snake, ca. 1940 (19721.1993)

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Weegee, With bomb, ca. 1940 (19722.1993)

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Unidentified Photographer, Opening of Naked City – Mark Hellinger bought my book Naked City, 1948 (20130.1993) (The card, a reference and possibly a subtle memorial to the recently deceased 44 year old Mark Hellinger [1903-1947], in the fedora reads, in part: “The New York Heart Assn. Inc. Admit One, Mark Hellinger Memorial Fund… Capitol Theater… The Naked City…”)

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

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