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The Stork Club (Click Magazine, 1940)

 

One Tough New York Cop (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

"Few Times Square tourists recognize Johnny Broderick, but New York mobsters cringe at the mention of his name. Meet Broadway's one-man riot squad in his own bailiwick, where the lights are brightest."

The words and deeds of Johnny Broderick were so widely known that visiting politicians would request that he take charge of their security details and the broadcasting moguls wanted to make radio shows celebrating his daring-do. His round-house punch was known far and wide; cops like this one do not come along too often.

 

El Morocco (Click Magazine, 1940)

 

Sing Sing Prison: Home of the Bad New Yorkers (Click Magazine, 1938)

Sing Sing Prison was where the vulgar New Yorkers of the criminal variety spent much of their time:

"Murderers and felons, rogues and embezzlers, an average of 2750 of them inhabit Sing Sing Prison at Ossining, N.Y. on the bank of the Hudson River. Theirs is a world apart. A world of gray stone walls and steel bars. When the gates clang shut behind them they enter upon a life scientifically regulated by Warden Lewis E. Lawes (1883 1947)...CLICK MAGAZINE takes you inside the grim walls and shows you what happens to the convicted criminal from the day he is committed to Sing Sing Prison until the day he leaves as a free man."

This is a photo-essay that is made up of twenty-five black and white pictures.

Read about the religious make up of Sing Sing Prison in the Thirties.

 

The New York Women of Reginald Marsh ('47 Magazine)

"Against the backdrop of a metropolis, a painter finds exultation in the vigorous beauty of the common girl."

 

When New York City Mourned for F.D.R. (Yank Magazine, 1945)

With the exception of the attached piece, there is no magazine article in existence that illustrated so clearly the soul-piercing pain that descended upon the city of New York when the word got around that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had died. YANK correspondent Bill Davidson walked from one neighborhood to the next recording much of what he saw:

"Nowhere was grief so open as in the poorest districts of the city. In Old St. Patrick's in the heart of the Italian district on the lower East Side, bowed, shabby figures came and went, and by the day after the President died hundreds of candles burned in front of the altar. 'Never' a priest said 'have so many candles burned in this church'."
"A woman clasped her 8-year-old son and said, 'Not in my lifetime or in yours will we again see such a man.'"

 


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