Boots, Buddy, Jerry and Dixie Girl

Weegee (1899-1968), “Pet Dog Joins Smoke-Poisoned Fireman,” December 24, 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 Photo by Weegee.
PM, December 24, 1942, Vol. III, No. 163, p. 32.

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PM, December 24, 1942, Vol. III, No. 163, p. 32

Weegee (1899-1968), “Buddy is ‘Watered In’,” May 25, 1945 (16755.19993)

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, seek 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.

Weegee (1899-1968), “Mongrel Pup Almost Dies Saving 16 Families in Fire,” November 17, 1941 (15124.1993)

Mongrel Pup Almost Dies Saving 16 Families in Fire
Jerry, mongrel collie, was overcome by smoke in a fish store at 210 E. 10th St., but not before he attracted the attention of a passerby.

When the ambulance arrived an intern gave the unconscious pup an injection and continued treatments until he regained his senses. Sixteen families made their escape from apartments above the store, due to Jerry’s warning.

John Lamanna, Jerry’s owner, tenderly carried him off wrapped in a blanket. The intern said the dog would recover. PM Photos by Weegee.
PM, November 17, 1941, Vol. II, No. 109, p. 18.

PM, November 17, 1941, Vol. II, No. 109, p. 18

Dixie Girl
Weegee (1899-1968), [Dixie Girl and her seven puppies on the pool table at Dixie Rose A.C., New York], August 2, 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 pups as mascots to Army camps. “V for Victory” here was posed with pups one day old. PM Photo by Weegee.
PM, August 2, 1942, Vol. III, No. 39, p.5.

PM, August 2, 1942, Vol. III, No. 39, p.5

Weegee’s dogs – the first of a projected three part series. There is nowhere else on the entire world wide web where the above Weegee photos (high quality JPEGS) paired with their first appearance in print (well-researched) are presented.

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World Elephant Day

Marilyn Bridges, Elephants, Zambia (2013.111.15)

Every day is a day, and many days are many days. Today, August 12th is World Elephant Day. “On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.” (

One of the most barbaric and tragic wildlife crimes is the slaughter of elephants for their ivory tusks for the ivory trade. “Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks” ( “In 2011 alone, an estimated twenty-five thousand African elephants were killed for their ivory; this comes to almost seventy a day, or nearly three an hour.” (Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, July 7, 2014).

Because of humans and the ivory trade, elephants are galloping toward extinction. In 2016 one elephant is killed for their tusks every 15 minutes, that’s 35,000 elephants a year ( Elephants could be extinct in less than ten years.

Arthur Rothstein, “With a 500mm telephoto lens, I caught this herd of elephants in a remote area of Kenya. Poaching and environmental hazards are making this a rare sight.” 1970 (216.1989)

The ICP archives are now located in Jersey City, NJ and today, August 12, 2016, there is a New Jersey Ivory Crush at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey. Why New Jersey?

“In 2014, New Jersey became the first state in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive ban on the commercial domestic sale of ivory and rhino horn [] The Humane Society of the United States joins Elephants DC as event sponsor of the New Jersey Ivory Crush […] New Jersey has paved the way in the effort to save elephants from extinction […] Join us on World Elephant Day in Jersey City and support the enactment of a total and complete ivory sales ban worldwide, once and for all. Extinction is real. Our silence isn’t.” (“New Jersey lawmakers uniting with Germany, Gabon and Kenya at the New Jersey Ivory Crush on World Elephant Day” press release.)

Lala Deen Dayal, Saran Bessafra Temple, ca. 1880s (121.1980)

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Seeing is Believing: Leon Levinstein in India and Nepal, Photographers and Photographs

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Outdoor portrait studio, India], ca. 1978 (2012.114.49)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Man in front of photographer’s backdrop, India], ca. 1978 (2012.114.22)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Street photography], ca. 1978 (158.1999)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Untitled], ca. 1978 (160.1999)

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [People looking through stereoscopes, India], 1978 (2012.114.18)

This is the first in a new series, Seeing is Believing: Leon Levinstein, of blog posts that will present photographs made by Leon Levinstein. Although perhaps best known for the photographs made on the streets and sidewalks (and beaches) of New York City, Levinstein traveled and photographed widely (and wildly).

In the late 70s and early 80s, “1977-78, 79-80, 81, 82, 85” (Leon Levinstein: Obsession, Sam Stourdzé, 2000, p. 279), when Levinstein was around 70 years old, after about 30 years of experience as a photographer, he explored and worked in India and Nepal.

For context, in an application for a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Levinstein, who was awarded a fellowship in 1975, wrote [perhaps not too long after Indian independence in 1947] of his desire to:

“Photograph India’s efforts to build a strong and enduring democracy… to show Americans the positive side of India, such as the [still active The World Bank’s] Communities Development Project, whereby India is giving new hope and raising the standard of living of its people, by democratic means and with the assistance of American expertise… Part of my project seeks to show how, in the most dire situations, when judiciously used, American technology can help local governments to eradicate the scourges that are famine, poverty and illiteracy.” (Leon Levinstein: Obsession, Sam Stourdzé, 2000, p. 285).

The stated humanist, productive, almost patriotic and progressive intentions of the photographs made in India may not be initially obvious, but are visible, after all, seeing is believing.

Leon Levinstein (1910-1988), [Photographs], ca. 1978 (139.1999)

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Arthur Lavine

Arthur Lavine (1922-2016), Third Avenue El Demolition, 1955 (431.1986)

Part of coverage I did for myself when the 3rd Ave. El was demolished. Photographed from roof of building where I lived. Trucks were sprayed with hoses to keep fires from starting. NYC.

Arthur Lavine (1922-2016), Fire Escape, Third Avenue, 1951 (436.1986)

Part of series I did for myself during snow in my NYC neighborhood. This shot was done from my 5th floor walkup.

Arthur Lavine (1922-2016), Telephone Lineman, 1954 (438.1986)

Part of series done for AT&T magazine after Hurricane Carol did considerable damage in the area of Taunton, Mass. and Brockton, Mass. A convoy of telephone repairman from Maryland came to restore service. I was struck by the tools and gear of this lineman.

Arthur Lavine (1922-2016), Working Hands, 1947 (427.1986)

From “The Family of Man” book and collection. Photo taken for myself in Bath, Maine. Angle looking down on hands of two workers cutting a hole in a street pipe with a drill top. From “The Family of Man” Book and Collection. Photo taken for myself in Bath, Maine. Copyright Arthur Lavine. Photo was 9′ tall in “Family of Man” exhibit.

Arthur Lavine (1922-2016), Dubuffet Sculpture Assembly, 1972 (445.1986)

Back in 1972, Chase Manhattan assigned me to photograph the assembly of Jean Dubuffet’s 40 foot tall sculpture “Group of Four Trees.” Sculpted in France, the pieces were laid out like a jigsaw puzzle at Chase Manhattan Plaza. This imported Frenchman was part of the assembly crew.

Arthur Lavine (1922-2016), Deaf Children with Pumpkins, 1955 (432.1986)

Part of a picture story I did at Crotched Mountain Foundation in New Hampshire, a rehabilitation center for disabled children. These were deaf children learning about pumpkins and turkeys. The boy at the left is feeling lip vibration of teacher. Photos were done for Ethyl Corporation and used in their employee magazine.

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An Album of Family Portraits


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Unidentified Photographer, [Album of Family Portraits], ca. 1919 (2009.32.35)

Unidentified Photographer, [Album of Family Portraits], ca. 1912 (2009.32.35)

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A Photo Artist On the Bowery

Frank Wendt, [Snake Charmer], 1893-98 (2011.42.38)

Frank Wendt, [Snake Charmer], 1893-98 (2011.47.73)

Frank Wendt, [Musician with Birds], 1893-98 (2011.47.130)

Frank Wendt, [Noble George Washington Winner], 1893-94 (2011.47.12)

Frank Wendt, [Unzie the Albino], 1893-94 (2013.75.1)

Frank Wendt, [Amy Arlington], 1893-98 (2011.47.128)

The heart-stirring and spine-tingling, the eye-opening and mind-blowing photo artist Frank Wendt took over Charles Eisenmann’s studio at 229 Bowery; Wendt worked on the Bowery for five years (1893-1898) and then relocated to Boonton, New Jersey.

For more about Frank Wendt, please visit the wonderful, extraordinary, fascinating, remarkable and profound Dull Tool Dim Bulb.

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See You On The Bowery

Weegee, Naked City, 1945, pp. 156-157

Weegee, Bowery, 1943-45, (14401.1993)

Weegee, Bowery, 1943-45

Two people, at night, walk on the sidewalk in front of the Fuerst Brothers restaurant at 221 Bowery (in 1940 there were two more Fuerst Brothers restaurants on 15 and 104 Bowery). The photo is the gelatin silver print that was used to produce the photo-gravure image on page 156 in the book Naked City. The other image is a JPEG of the original 4×5 negative that was used to produce the gelatin silver pint that was used to produce the photo-gravure image in the book, and is now on a blog.

Weegee, [Bowery], 1943-45, (1986_98)

Weegee, [Bowery], 1943-45

Sammy’s Bowery Follies (267 Bowery), just south of the 7-Up sign, is visible in the background of this photo. The photo is the gelatin silver print that was used to produce the photo-gravure image on page 157 of the book Naked City. The above image is a JPEG of the original 4×5 negative that was used to produce the gelatin silver print that was used in the production of the photo-gravure print in the book, and everything is now on a blog. Sometimes what is outside the frame (crop marks, measurements, stamps, inscriptions, etc.), marginal and usually unseen, is as important as what is in the picture.

A map (an experiment and work-in-progress) of photos in the ICP archives that were made on the Bowery:
G.W. Bromley & Co., 1897: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Atlas of the city of New York, Manhattan Island. From actual surveys and official plans [title page]” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897.

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

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