Weegee Wednesday: Carrying a laughing musician and her violin, a cute puppy named Ritz, and two very small kittens. Lantern Slides 13, 14 and 15.

Weegee, [Firefighters carrying a musician and her violin to safety during a fire, New York], January 28, 1943 [Weegee Portfolio 16], Lantern Slide 13

Weegee, Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday, February 1, 1944 [1056.1993] Lantern Slide 14

Weegee, [Policeman holding kittens rescued from fire, New York], March 2, 1943 [15155.1993] Lantern Slide 15

This post presents photos for projection and as printed. The above lantern slides were used in what must have been colorful and lively, entertaining and funny illustrated talks by Weegee. Below are how the images first appeared in print, in the newspaper PM.
And in conclusion a photo of Ritz, a very cute puppy.

PM, January 28, 1943, p. 3

Blaze Makes 200 Homeless, Kills One and Injures Seven
A four-alarm fire swept the upper floors of the six-story apartment house at 552 Riverside Dr., near Claremont Inn, during the snow storm early yesterday morning. By the time the fierce blaze was brought under control, 200 people were homeless, one tenant had been suffocated, another was cut by glass, and six firemen were hurt.
Many of those forced to the street in scanty attire were students at the nearby Julliard School of Music. Tenants in nearby buildings sheltered many of the homeless. A tailor around the corner on Tiemann Pl. converted his shop into a refuge, and 60 of the younger tenants were taken to Knickerbocker Hospital for the night. The Red Cross precinct disaster service swung into action, supplying clothes and funds for those who needed them.

This girl musician is laughing hysterically. She saved her precious violin, but dashed to the street in nightgown and without shoes. PM, January 28, 1943, p. 3

PM, February 1, 1944, p. 12

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, p. 12

PM, March 2, 1943, p. 16

When fire swept the five-story loft building at 372 E. Houston St., Manhattan, the policeman, above, rescued these two kittens from a hallway. Later he gave them to Miss Sally Strumfeld, 218 Delancey St., who promised to give them a good home. Some small manufacturing firms and the Congregation Israel Anscheigal Icie Minhagsford occupy the Houston St. building. Holy scrolls were carried out by members of the congregation. PM, March 2, 1943

Weegee, Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday, February 1, 1944 (1056.1993)

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

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Handwritten notes on: Supervue Map and Guide Co., New York Souvenir Album – Camera Masterpieces, The Golden Guide To The Metropolis, 1937 (2009.34.10)

The handwritten notes add a delightful narrative and personality to this beautiful publication:

“Me” on “Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, one of the world’s busiest traffic centers. Here streams of people from all over the universe meet in passing New York’s famous shops and sights.” Patience and Fortitude are just out of sight on the upper right corner.

“Where we got our [marriage] license” – “Through the stately portals of the Municipal Building are seen the beautiful Woolworth Tower (792 feet high), the City Hall and Court House.”

“Where Roy works, 13th floor” – “They call it ‘The Flatiron.’ The Flatiron Building, famous because of its odd shape and its being New York’s first important skyscraper. It stands at the junction of Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street.”

“We are 1/2 block from this building” – “Central Park has 10 1/2 miles of auto roads, 31 miles of walks, and 4.77 miles of bridle paths. Here area few of the later.”

“Where Mr. Prima took us along this drive” – “Riverside Drive is New York’s waterfront show place extending along the Hudson River on the west side of the city. Beautiful apartment houses and monuments extend along its way and the Palisades and Hudson River to the west add to its beauty.”

A person could easily feel nostalgic about not working in Manhattan or not living in the (apparently) more photogenic New York of the past, but perhaps it’s more productive to embrace a changing New York (FYI: NYPL’s Changing New York).

New York In Camera Masterpieces

This book has been produced with all the care, expense and artistic endeavor of a $3.00 volume.
It is the first time that such a superbly illustrated guide to New York has been sold at so modest a price.
You will be proud to send it to your friends or keep as a priceless memento of your visit to this fabulous city.
Every picture in it is a masterpiece of the photographer’s art, and they have been compiled with the purpose of showing in an orderly manner all that is best to see in the great Metropolis.
Here you are taken on a visit through the city with all the interest of a personal sight seeing tour.
You are shown, intimately, the city from the air, its famous skyline, Broadway at its beginning, the busy people, the remarkable buildings, bridges, squares, streets, parks, colleges, churches, museums and other places of great interest.
These magnificent photographs have been reproduced through means of the finest process known to the printer’s art.
The book has been created with the co-operation of leading photographers; The Mayor’s Art Commission, President of the Borough of Manhattan, Department of Parks, Department of Plants and Structures, Army and Navy Air Corps, Port of New York Authority, Long Island Park Commission, all Museums and Churches, the Aquarium, the New York Zoological Park and many others. To further learn about New York get “Every Place to See and Everything to Know About New York” and “The Supervue Map and Guide to New York” in colors. Both of these are on sale at News Stands, Department stores, etc., or by mail, 20 cents each.

Supervue Map and Guide Co., New York Souvenir Album – Camera Masterpieces, The Golden Guide To The Metropolis, 1937 (2009.34.10)

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Anonymous Autochromes

Unidentified Photographer, [Marzipan], ca. 1911

Unidentified Photographer, [Fruit stand], ca. 1911

(This new series, #Fansinaflashbulb’s #FavoriteThingsFriday, of blog posts will present photos and things that we love and are seldom seen, perhaps unique, beautiful and/or thought-provoking. It’s Fansinaflashbulb as a cabinet of curiosities. Photos for ogling and rubbernecking. The title, #FavoriteThingsFriday, is a reference to John Coltrane’s many versions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song “My Favorite Things.”)


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Weegee Wednesday: “Drunks Arrested on Bowery”

Weegee, Drunks arrested on the Bowery, 1943-45 (2395.1993)

Across the street from Elizabeth Tailor, and slightly below Canal, the American Jobbing Co. Inc. once occupied 23 Elizabeth St. (Now there is an awning for and perhaps an entrance to “New York Life.”) A few doors down or slightly south of site of the former American Jobbing Company (sellers of surplus clothing from the Army and Navy) and presently New York Life (whatever that is), in a building built in 1881, at 19 Elizabeth St., is the NYPD’s 5th precinct. (The 5th precinct is on Twitter). The above photo was made in front of the 5th precinct, on Elizabeth St., perhaps the cap-wearing, alleged “drunks” were arrested on the Bowery, which was a short block away.

There was no crime on the Bowery, only false alarms. The boys would get together for a drinking party and pass the bottle around. Feeling sociable, they would pull a fire alarm. When the firemen arrived, the boys would invite them to have a drink. Then the “pie wagon” would come and the boys would get thirty-day vacations in the workhouse. The fire alarm at the corner of the Bowery and Rivington had more false alarms than any other box in the city. Weegee by Weegee, 1961, p. 22.

Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 172-173

The crop marks and dimension, 6 3/4, above the image, on the top of the photo, suggest that this is the photograph that was used in the making of Naked City, the image in Naked City is a little less than 6 3/4 inches wide. The diagonal line and barely legible letters and number in the upper left corner indicate that the photo was made between 1943-45. What is the mysterious light circle on the sidewalk in the foreground of the photo? I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that it was the photographer’s shadow. A theory: the photo was made at approximately noon and long shadows would have been unavoidable. Weegee dodged his shadow out of the photo and in the production of Naked City the pre-production workers retouched the image to make the unexposed circle barely visible in the book. Spoiler alert: This parenthetical comment might foreshadow a future blog post: Weegee’s Shadow… That’s something to look forward to!

“Hobo” Jack Turner (Ernest Hare), “The Bowery Bums,” Issue date September 24, 1928, from The Internet Archive.

Judging from the stats in this PDF of Compstat crime complaints from the City of New York Police Department, the reduction in crime during the last ten years in the 5th precinct is staggering. Perhaps there was not a lot of crime on the Bowery in 1945, but in 1990, there were 4,476 “crime complaints” and in 2015 there were 943 “crime complaints.” The Bowery is the safest it has been in a long time.

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Ads for American Jobbing Co. in Popular Mechanics, July 1957 and Flying, February 1958

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PS. A few days ago we made a Fansinaflashbulb field trip to “the scene of the crime.” Fortunately we didn’t see any drunks arrested but the black hole or dark circle on the sidewalk in the foreground of the photo might be the photographer’s shadow and was well-used. The original-looking green lights at the entrance to the 5th precinct were on.

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

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Soviet Armenia

USSR in Construction, photo by Kislov (Soyuzphoto), February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

Comrade Stalin and Elena Abramyan, a worker at the Leninakan [Gyumri] Textile mill. (At the reception of the delegation of the toilers of Soviet Armenia in the Kremlin.)

Soviet Armenia
Soviet Armenia recently completed fifteen years of its existence up to 1920, the life of the Armenian people was a succession of indescribable suffering, enslavement and oppression by innumerable invaders and conquerors. The “Armenian Question,” which formerly occupied the attention of Europe in connection with the persecution of the Armenians, was not and could not be solved by the capitalist world.
The bourgeois nationalist “Dashnak” government which held power in Armenia from 1918 to 1920 was leading the Armenian people directly to degeneration and destruction During the time of Dashnak rule, over one-third of the population of Armenia perished – about 480,00 people. The country sank to the uttermost depths of ruin, poverty and starvation. Only the revolt of the toilers of Armenia against the Dashaks and the establishment of the Soviet power saved a splendid country from inevitable destruction.
At that time, in December 1920, comrade Stalin wrote: “Armenia, tortured and suffering, doomed by the entente and the Dashnaks to hunger, devastation and depopulation, this Armenia, betrayed by all its self-styled friends, has now found salvation in the fact that it has proclaimed itself to be a soviet country… the idea of the Soviet power alone gave Armenia peace and the possibility of national recovery.”
And now fifteen years later, the toilers of Armenia, participating by their peaceful creative labor in the harmonious family of peoples of the great Soviet Union, are reaping the wonderful fruits of their work.
On the 15th anniversary of their Republic, 150,00 shock workers, collective farmers and toilers of Armenia related a moving letter to comrade Stalin what the Armenian people had achieved in this period. A new life, happy and joyous, is being created in the hills and valleys of Armenia. The sun of Socialism has risen over the country in which the blood of many generations of the Armenian people had so long been poured out.
“At last we see the real growth of the national culture of Armenia, which together with all the peoples of the Soviet Union, has been given the opportunity to build up its Socialist culture,” said comrade Molotov to the delegates of the toilers of Armenia.
Henceforth this growth will continue unceasingly. In the towns and villages of Armenia, ever new electric lights are blazing forth. Industry and agriculture are growing more and more, culture is blossoming ever more luxuriantly, and the life of the toilers of the happy Republic is continually becoming better and more joyous. USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

Where Ararat and Alagez rear their summits to the skies.
Where Lake Sevan extends its waters.
Where foaming streams roar down mountain chasms.

A Land of Ancient Culture

Here lives one of the most ancient peoples of the world – the Armenian. As early as 2,500 years ago, Armenia was mentioned in historical documents. The ancient historians Herodotus and Xenohon wrote of the country of shepherds, of Armenians, of their habits and customs. Situated at the very boundary of Europe and Asia, Armenia was invaded and ravished for many centuries by numerous conquerors who devastated the rich culture of ancient Armenia and destroyed the people of the country. And even at the present day, relics of this ancient culture can be seen in Armenia, silent witnesses to its past history – ancient architecture, sculpture, documents. USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

In the course of 11 years, the toilers of Armenia have planted 8,000 hectares of new orchards and vineyards. Armenian peaches have earned a worldwide reputation.

Before the Soviet power, the Erivan canning factory was a dirty little workshop with an insignificant output, not exceeding 5000,000 cans a year. This factory, now completely rebuilt, produces 15,000,00 cans every year.

USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

Taking butter from a churn.
The Kalinin cheese factory.
Testing the temperature of cheese.
Finished cheeses.

New, well-equipped cheese factories, working by electric power, have been built in the alpine zone of Armenia.

USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

Erivan [Yerevan] – The Capital of Armenia

Armenian towns
Building of the town Soviet in Leninakan [Gyumri].
Street in Leninakan [Gyumri].
Above the street in Erivan [Yerevan].
Views of old Armenia.

There was a time when a Persian Sardar ruled with his Ferrashas in this city. After him came a Tsarist governor with his cossacks and later came the Dashnak Khatisov with his gunmen.
In 1918, when the Dashnak government was in power in Erivan, the naked and starving refugees lay in the streets alongside the corpses of animals that had died of starvation.
Soviet Erivan is a progressive, genuinely cultured city, with scores of factories and mills, with blocks of many-storeyed houses, with street cars, water supply, educational institutions, theaters, instead of the former 30,000 inhabitants, it has a population of 140,000 [3,000,000 in 2011].
Erivan is a city without illiterate people, a city of growing culture. It is becoming the foremost Soviet city at the borders of the East.

Several pages from the magazine USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

(A few links: NY Times, NY Times Lens Blog: “Survivors of the Armenian Genocide,” photographer Nazik Armenakyan, The Independent, The Independent, The Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute (AGMI))

USSR in Construction, February 1936, No. 2, (2012.13.30)

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“Pollution in China”

Lu Guang, The sewage plant of the Fluorine Industrial Park discharges its untreated waste into the riverbed of the Yangtze River through a 1500 meter-long pipeline, Changshu City, Jiangsu Province, “Pollution in China,” June 11, 2009 (2012.14.3)

Lu Guang, The fields along the Yangtze River are polluted by sewage from the factories of the Maanshan Industrial Park, Anhui Province, “Pollution in China,” June 26, 2009 (2012.14.2)

Lu Guang, Massive water wastes flow into the Yellow River from the Lasengmiao Industrial District in Inner Mongolia, “Pollution in China,” July 26, 2005 (2012.14.5)

Lu Guang, High dissipation and pollution rates in the Hainan Industrial District of Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia, “Pollution in China,” March 18, 2008 (2012.14.9)

Lu Guang, Fumes and dust are everywhere in the Hubin Industrial District, near Shizuishan City, Ningxia, “Pollution in China,” (2012.14.1)

Lu Guang, The Tianjin Steel Plant is a highly polluting enterprise that is deeply affecting the lives of the local residents, She County [Shexian], Hebei Province, “Pollution in China,” March 18, 2008 (2012.14.7)

Lu Guang was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2009.

You can read an interview with the photographer about his work here.

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Happy Passover from the Vishniac Archive at ICP

Roman Vishniac, [Jewish refugees from Germany leaving France for Palestine on board the S.S.Providence, Marseille Harbor], April, 1947

Roman Vishniac, [Jewish refugees from Germany leaving France for Palestine on board the S.S.Providence, Marseille Harbor], April, 1947

Happy Passover from the Vishniac Archive at ICP! May the coming year bring freedom, safe harbor, and refuge to stateless people and refugees throughout the world.

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