Billie Dauscha and Mabel Sidney, Bowery Entertainers

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Billie Dauscha and Mabel Sidney, Bowery Entertainers


Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, born Austria, 1899 - 1968)




New York, New York, United States (Place created)


negative December 1944; print about 1950


Gelatin silver print


33.3 × 26.8 cm (13 1/8 × 10 9/16 in.)


© International Center of Photography

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At No. 267 Bowery, sandwiched in between Missions and quarter-a-night flophouses, is "Sammy's," the poor man's Stork Club. There is no cover charge nor cigarette girl, and a vending machine dispenses cigarettes. Neither is there a hat check girl. Patrons prefer to dance with their hats and coats on. But there is a lively floor show...the only saloon in the Bowery with a cabaret license.

So Weegee described the setting of this spirited photograph, a rousing portrait of two colorful clubgoers, each treating the photographer to a glimpse of healthy gams. The woman on the left displays a stockinged calf, paper money inserted for safekeeping and her foot bulging out of her shiny T-strap pump. The toothy smiles and ribald gestures of the two women are infectious, infusing the image with a good-time charm and personality.

Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Scene of the Crime: Photo by Weegee (September 20, 2005 to January 22, 2006) (36)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 20, 2005 to January 22, 2006