Year of the Dog (6): Weegee’s Dogs


Weegee, “Pet Dog Joins Smoke-Poisoned Fireman,” 1942 (15050.1993)

Pet Dog Joins Smoke-Poisoned Fireman
Fireman Edward Frank, left, getting oxygen in an ambulance during an Eighth St. fire, was joined by Boots, Engine Co. 14 mascot. The dog wouldn’t leave until Frank was able to walk. PM, December 24, 1942, Vol. III, No. 163, p. 32


Weegee, “You Can’t Put Me Out of My Own House… Even if It’s on Fire,” 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. PM, October 10, 1940, Vol. I, No. 83, p. 21


Weegee, Ritz, the puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday, 1944 (2420.1993)

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


Weegee, [Dixie Girl and her seven puppies on the pool table at Dixie Rose A.C., New York], 1942 (2405.1993)

Up at the Dixie Rose A.C. at Broome and Mulberry St., a neighborhood social club in the heart of Little Italy, Dixie Girl gave birth to a litter of seven pups on the pool table. Dixie Girl is, reputedly, a mixture of Belgian police dog and black Spitz. In honor of 32 club members now in service, listed on sign in background, other members have voted to give the pups as mascots to Army camps. “V for Victory” here posed with pups one day old. PM, August 2, 1942, Vol. III, No. 39, p.5


Weegee, Fifth Ave. in the 80’s Central Park side, 4:30 a.m., 1941 (14790.1993)

New York After Midnight
The Early Hours Bring Their Own Cycle of Events
Fifth Ave. in the 80’s Central Park side, 4:30 a.m.; Weegee finds a maid exercising four dogs. She won’t say why, or whether she usually exercised dogs at that hour. All she’d say was that she wanted to write fiction. PM, July 13, 1941, Vol. II, No. 4, p. 62


Weegee, “Buddy is ‘Watered In'” ca. 1940 (16755.1993)

Buddy is ‘Watered In’
New York — Things got pretty tough for ‘Buddy,’ Bulldog owned by Mrs. De Forest Grant, of 850 Park Ave., this morning, when a water main burst on Madison Ave. between 77th and 78th St., flooded the cellar of Buddy’s house with 9 inches of water, and put the apartment’s four elevators out of commission. Here, Buddy, who can’t get out because the street is flooded, and can’t get up, because the elevators aren’t running, seeks solace among the milk bottles in the apartment house elevator. The residents of the 12-story building who wanted milk on their cereal this morning had to walk to the lobby to get it.” (Typed caption adhered to verso.)


Weegee, Buy a rose for your honey… But all that the honeys wanted was Four Roses with a beer chaser…, ca. 1945 (16128.1993)

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