at noon Saturday, July 5th, 1952
|The summer of
1940, when PM made its debut, was
unusually hot. Weegee was asked to make a series
of photographs showing how New Yorkers were
surviving the record temperatures. The result was
one of Weegee's most remembered and reproduced
photographs. In a similar crowd image, the
caption shows just how much Weegee was after the
people side of the story.
|The crowd came
later according to Weegee who wanted a photo that
showed some beach and not too many people. The
masked man said he was a laundry man, but would
only be photographed incognito. The mask is a gag
of his: he calls himself the Spider, and likes to
frighten people. Weegee didn't get the names and
addresses of the others in the photo, either. PM
Story and Photo by Weegee
images ©1994, International Center of Photography, New York,
Bequest of Wilma Wilcox.
Text ©1997 International Center of Photography, from Weegee's
World by Miles Barth, A Bulfinch
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