Ritz, Rocco, Skippy and Smokey

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Ritz
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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Rocco
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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Skippy
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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Smokey
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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