Weegee’s Guide to New York: Weegee was here…

If you, like me, find yourself walking around New York City, wondering:
Was Weegee here?
Did Weegee make a photograph on this street? Of this building? In this room? Right here?
Can we return to the scene of the crime?
Are we in Weegee’s World?
Well, my photogenic photographic fiends and friends, the answer to the immortal question:
Where did Weegee work, can now be found in a wonderful new book: The Weegee Guide to New York, (Prestel, 2015).

A few favorite page spreads:

Simply Add Boiling Water, December 18, 1943 (2009.16.2)
281 Water Street at Dover, Southeast corner.


[Filming The Naked City], 1947 (7574.1993)
Delancey Street, Approach to Williamsburg Bridge


[Covering the morning line-up at police headquarters], ca. 1939 (E.L. 1986.38)
6 Centre Market Place.


[Incident at the Howdy Revue], April 1938 (2192.1993)
47 West 3rd Street near Wooster, North side of block.


[Police and bystanders with body of Stanely Sandler, a passenger in an automobile that crashed into a Third Avenue Elevated pillar and caught fire], April 16, 1942 (Weegee portfolio 30)
650 Third Avenue between East 41st and 42nd Streets, West side of block.


[Weegee inspecting trunk containing body of William Hessler, who had been stabbed to death], August 5, 1936 (2212.1993)
701 Court Street near Bryant.

The photos are scratch and sniff and there is a pop-up section… Kidding! There are no scratch and sniff and pop-up sections, but the book is the perfect size for putting it in your pocket or purse, and taking it with you when exploring the Naked City, or just walking to work.
Something historic happened almost everywhere in Manhattan. This book could be the basis of walking tours, re-photographic projects, apps, maps, claps, audio walks, diary and journal entries, novels, historical nonfiction, movies (bromances and rom-coms), off-off-off Broadway musicals, operas, power-pop ballads, reality T.V. shows, tweets, subtweets, timeline photos, blog posts and much more…

There are 8.406 million stories in the Naked City, (there are 432 pages in the The Weegee Guide to New York), and this book can be a part of yours…
We’re all Weegee’s People now…

Weegee was here and here and here

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Save the elephants

I celebrated World Wildlife Day, in part, by looking at photos of elephants. (Perhaps not the most productive or proactive way to stop wildlife crime.) I love elephants. Unfortunately most of the elephants in the photos were in captivity, and mostly in circuses. shook_melissa_85_1998 Melissa Shook (melissashook.com), San Francisco, 1967 (85.1998) weegee_2137_1993 Weegee (1899-1968), [Circus Elephant]. ca. 1944 (2137.1993) old_toby_71_1995 Toby Old (tobyold.com), Orange County Fair, Middletown, New York, 1989 (71.1995) libsohn_sol_163_1983 Sol Libsohn (1914-2001), Circus Elephants at a Parade, Pennsylvania, 1946 (163.1983)

Although everyday should be wildlife day, March 3d is officially World Wildlife Day: “an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.” (un.org) bridges_marilyn_2013_111_15 Marilyn Bridges, Elephants, Zambia, (2013.111.15)

One of the most barbaric and tragic wildlife crimes is the slaughter of elephants for their ivory tusks. “Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory tusks.” (worldwildlife.org) “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) rothstein_arthur_216_1989 Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985), Elephants, Kenya, 1970 (216.1989)

Save everything. Start with the elephants.




Elizabeth Kolbert, “Save the Elephants,” New Yorker

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66 Years Ago Today: “…for you darling, your picture.”

Mike Disfamer (1884-1959), Elma Lee, February 26, 1949 (2014.61.1)

“This was made Feb. 26, 1949. Little Darling Elma Lee was 5 months and 23 days old. God bless our little baby girl. This I pray will be kept for her so she may see how sweet she is, she is mine and daddy’s little angel girl, for you darling, your picture.
Mother Winona”

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113th birthday of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, Sierra Club Commissary, 1929 (305.1991)

A shy and gifted child with a love for the outdoor, Ansel Adams became a member of the enivronmental organization Sierra Club when he was only 14. Very early in his career Adams published his work and writings in the Sierra Club’s bulletin and in 1928 he had his first exhibition at its headquarters in San Francisco.

This picture  shows a group of members gathering for a break at stunning campsite. It may have been during the yearly “High Trip”, a month-long hike that was organized each summer and took hundreds of the Club members to the most beautiful areas of the Sierra Nevada. Adams joined the trip in 1927 for the first time. In a short period of time Ansel Adams established himself as the main photographer of the Sierra Club and soon became known as both the artist of the Sierra Nevada and the defender of Yosemite.

Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902 and would have turned 113 years today.

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Washington Day

John F. Jarvis
Washington Inaugurated first President of the U.S.ca. 1890 (2012.48.45)

The third Monday of the month of February was first known as Washington Day, in celebration of the first president of the United States. Today this day is widely known as Presidents Day and commorates all American presidents.

The ICP Archives holds an albumen silver stereograph by John F. Jarvis of George Washington’s inauguration on April 30th, 1789. The caption on the back of the mount reads:

The principles figures in the panel are portraits [of] John Adams, Vice President stood on his right, Mr. Livingstone the Chancellor then came forward in the advance of Roger, Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, General Knox, General St. Clair, Baron Steuben and others. The oath was read by the Chancellor, the hand of Washington lying on the open Bible as he took the oath, and, in the act of kissing the Bible, he was heard distinctly to say: “I swear so help me God.” The Chancellor then said “It is done,” and turning to multitude, proclaimed “long live George Washington, President of the United States.”

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Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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

Thomas McAvoy (1905-1966), [Marian Anderson and her mother on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after her Easter concert, Washington, DC], April 9, 1939, (1083.2005)

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), [Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.], 1940s-1950s, (RV_6_021_04)

Cornell Capa (1918-2008), Spokane, Washington, September 6, 1960 (106.2004) (This statue of Lincoln, here on a Google map, was designed by Alonzo Victor Lewis and unveiled in 1930. More info: here and here.)

Weegee (1899-1968), Abe Lincoln, ca. 1965, (11084.1993)
Weegee gets the last laugh. Weegee appropriated and played with the 1865 portrait of Lincoln by Alexander Gardner. It was one of the last portraits of Lincoln; 100 years later, one of the last projects by Weegee.

A classic Fansinaflashbulb post about Marian Anderson’s 1939 Easter Concert, can be found here.
“Contralto Marian Anderson’s historic Easter concert, which drew over 75,000 listeners to the Mall, foregrounded the general issue of racism in the United States as well as the specifics of segregation in the nation’s capital.”

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“That’s Magic! Too”

The secret of this exciting and enchanting illusion will be revealed below…

Martin Munkasci, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Demonstrating magic trick, Budapest], 1928 (2007.110.299)
This is where we last left off in this macabre and magical series of glass plate negatives made by the marvelous and magnificent Martin Munkácsi…
(Munkácsi was ahead of his time…)

Martin Munkasci, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Mould of face used in magic trick], 1928 (2007.110.295)

Martin Munkasci, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Demonstrating magic trick, Budapest], 1928 (2007.110.296)

Martin Munkasci, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Demonstrating magic trick, Budapest], 1928 (2007.110.297)

This rare and 87 year old, behind-the-scene, glass-plate-glimpse at an illusion, conducted by an unidentified illusionist, made by Martin Munkácsi is miraculous and magically magic…

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