The Naked City is full of love


Weegee (1899-1968), [“The couples they love, to love”], 1943-45 (15666.1993) (Naked City, p.221)


Weegee (1899-1968), [“The couples they love, to love”], 1943-45 (15665.1993) (Naked City, p.220)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Lovers on the beach, Coney Island], ca. 1943 (1984) (Naked City, p.181)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Lovers on the beach, Coney Island], ca. 1943 (2042.1993) (Naked City, p.182)


Weegee (1899-1968), Lovers on the beach, Coney Island, ca. 1943 (151.1982) (Naked City, p.184)

These five photos, and more than 200 more, are in the exquisitely beautiful new Naked City.
(A lovely Valentine’s Day gift; available soon at bookstores everywhere).

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Charles Darwin



Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) , [Charles Darwin], 1868 (323.1983)

Julia Margaret Cameron made this portrait of Charles Darwin, who was born on this day in 1809, on the Isle of Wight in the early summer of 1868. This carbon print (donated by the great Lee Sievan), was made a little later.


Vu, photograph by André Kertész (1894-1985), (“The Monkey and the Magic Box.”), November 13, 1929 (2007.84.8)

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Abraham Lincoln



Mathew B. Brady (1822-1896), [Abraham Lincoln], May 16, 1861, (2009.15.1)


PM, February 12, 1941, p.1


Tichnor Bros., Inc., [Freedom], Stefan Lorant Collection

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was born on this day 211 years ago.

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“A Sainted Devil” (Movie Stars and Butterflies)


Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) in A Sainted Devil (1924).

Mary Jane Boulier, Scrapbook, 1920s, (2011.83.1)

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Dolores del Río, Hollywood


Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dolores del Río, Hollywood], 1936 (2007.110.1755)


Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dolores del Río, Hollywood], 1936 (2007.110.1759)


Harper’s Bazaar, December 1936, pp. 90-91

Made in California
These are the sport clothes that the stars and the California shops bring home from their shopping bouts in New York. For the hardworking movie girls slacks are a uniform. Driving to the studios, sitting around their gardens, they all wear them. Here, Dolores del Río [1905-1983] flops in a navy poplin overall, the most comfortable garment on earth. Best. Neiman-Marcus, Dallas. I Magnin, California.

Dolores del Río once more in a one-piece tennis play-suit with the shorts flaring out from her slim brown legs, white as the brand-new tennis balls that she carries about in a wicker basket. This suit has four patch pockets and buttons down the front to the waist, and it is made of a new Peter Pan matelassé picqué. Sanfordized, which means that it won’t shrink and will wash like a dream. At Best, and at I. Magnin, California.
Harper’s Bazaar, December 1936, pp. 90-91.


Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dolores del Río, Hollywood], 1936 (2007.110.1752)


Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dolores del Río, Hollywood], 1936 (2007.110.1754)


Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dolores del Río, Hollywood], 1936 (2007.110.1760)

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“Photos of body and scene at Broome and Elizabeth St…”


Weegee (1899-1968), [Body of Anthony Izzo, killed by off-duty policeman Eligio Sarro, New York], February 2, 1942 (122.1982)


PM, February 3, 1942, p. 11

Off Duty Cop Does Duty, Kills Gunman Who Tries Stickup

The boys were playing a little pool and cards in the Spring Arrow Social and Athletic Club, 344 Broome St., near the Bowery last night. Patrolman Eligio Sarro, off duty, went in for a pack of cigarets. Four men entered. “This is a stick-up,” the leader muttered. Sarro was a little slow getting his hands out of his overcoat pockets. “Get ’em up,” ordered the leader. Sarro did. One hand held a gun. When he got through firing, the leader was dead.

The usual curious crowd gathered after the gunman, fatally wounded, staggered from the entrance. He was about 22, dark and chunky. Police said he was Andrew Izzo with a record of six arrests.

Patrolman Sarro smokes a cigaret a few minutes after he dropped the gunman. He’s assigned to the Empire Blvd. precinct in Brooklyn. He lives only a few doors from the club. PM Photos by Weegee.
PM, February 3, 1942, p. 11


Weegee (1899-1968), [Body of Anthony Izzo, killed by off-duty policeman Eligio Sarro, New York], February 2, 1942 (2213)

Anthony Izzo was 24 years old. He lived on East 111th St. He was arrested several times, and shortly before he was shot, spent time in Sing Sing for second degree assault. Eligio Sarro was 35. He lived with his wife at 362 Broome St. He was a police officer who worked in Brooklyn.

Around 10 PM on Monday, February 2nd, Izzo, wearing a gray suit and no overcoat, “dark and chunky,” and three associates tried to stickup the twenty people in the Spring Arrow Social and Athletic Club (for members only, formed in 1922). They made the members stand against one of the walls. In the confrontation Izzo fired two shots, Sarro six. A pair of Sarro’s shots hit Izzo’s head. He died after running about 30 feet – out the door, then turning right on Broome. Izzo was not identified until after his fingerprints were taken at the Fifth precinct. The three associates escaped.

Weegee lived four blocks away. The three-photo story, occupying a full-page in PM, including one of the greatest (crime) photos of the twentieth century, perfectly illustrates the symbiotic relationship between PM and Weegee. The story received a cursory two or three paragraphs of ink (photo-free) in the other local papers.

The spoiled stickup occurred two months after the United States entered World War Two. On the same page as The Brooklyn Eagle‘s fugitive coverage of Izzo’s death were three photos (a pair of destroyed destroyers and the capsized Oklahoma battleship) of the aftermath of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. On February 3rd photos of Pearl Harbor were released by the U.S. Navy.


Unidentified photographer, [Weegee and police officers looking at body of Anthony Izzo, killed by off-duty police man Eligio Sarro, New York], February 2, 1942 (19707.1993)

The NYPD logbook for Monday, February 2, 1942, reads: “10:30 PM. 5 Photos of body and scene at Broome and Elizabeth St. where Ptl. Eligio Sarrow shot and killed an unknown man, after sticking up a pool room at 344 Broome Street. Fingerprinted at 5 Pct.” (“Weegee: Murder is My Business,” p. 100.)

The photo of the dead Anthony Izzo and his gun on the sidewalk, near the Bowery, within earshot of the Third Avenue El, lives on. It was featured on the cover of John Zorn’s album Naked City, released in February 1990. The photo above is on the cover of “Weegee: Murder is My Business” (2013).

Significantly, it is one over 200 photos in Weegee’s classic book Naked City, published by Essential Books in July 1945 and co-published by ICP and Damiani in Spring 2020.


Weegee (1899-1968), Naked City, 1945 pp. 80-81.

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Happy Year of the Rat


Aleksandras Macijauskas, Veterinary surgeon Juozas Pranaitis, “In the Veterinary Clinic – 21”, 1977 (1140.1986.i)


Bernard Aumuller, [Homemade poster against hoarding], ca. 1944 (2013.115.333)

This home-made, and efective, cartoon against hoarding is posted in a New York grocery. (Caption adhered to verso.)


Louis Faurer (1916-2001), Rat Race, New York, 1949 (2013.99.49)

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