New York -- Hundreds of worshippers thronged the Pentacostal Faith Church of All Nations in Harlem, New York City, April 12th, to participate in one of their weekly baptism ceremonies. Intense religious fervor marks all of these meetings. Photo shows the immersion of a candidate for baptism. (1934)
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig Behind the Camera Wearing a Mask
New York -- This is Weegee himself...almost. Behind a black mask he borrowed from Zorro, he brandishes a toy pistol and a big cigar, ready to shoot or smoke out anybody who gives him a hard time. Before him is his trusty kaleidoscope-equipped camera. Only Weegee could get away with a "straight" shot that is as zany as any of his kaleidoscope photos, which were made at the Florida Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. (1965)
Miami Beach Keys to Vacationing Babe
Miami Beach -- Babe Ruth, who is spending his second winter in Florida, is shown receiving the key to the City of Miami Beach from its mayor, Marcie Lieberman. When the Bambino arrived, the City Council broke up its regular weekly meeting to welcome the homerun hero. (1948)
We at the Gunslinger are sad to report the death of a true screen icon, Elizabeth Taylor, who, at the height of her powers, possessed one of film's greatest combinations of beauty and ability. Then again, she was also in some appalling dreck, but even disasters like Boom! are to be treasured for their strange fearlessness, and Liz rarely shirked from the challenge.
The obit in the Telegraph can be read here. And what the heck, what's one more photo?
for the series: Obits
Packing Mamas Round Up Marauders.
Viers Mill Village -- Pistol-packing mamas of Viers Mill Village, a Washington D.C., suburb, terrorized by night marauders for 3 weeks, rounded up four men in gun-fire studded chase early today. Wielding rifles, pistols, knives and baseball bats, the aroused housewives had the intruders begging for mercy when police reached the battlefield. Shown are Mrs. Mary Schultz, holding a .45; Mrs. Doris Young, carrying a butcher knife; Mrs. Martha Newell with a rifle, and Mrs. Warren Leigh, wielding a baseball bat. (1950)