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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

While the City Sleeps: 1940

While the City Sleeps: 1940

Fall 1940. "New Bedford, Massachusetts. Foggy night." Another noirish image from the prolific Jack Delano. Medium format nitrate negative. View full size.

 

A Plot Behind the Noir?

The fate of New Bedford Common Council candidate John Morrow is unclear, but it's likely that he ran as a reform candidate. As the fall 1940 elections approached, the City's mayor (Leo E.J. Carney) was being prosecuted on corruption charges. He had been indicted for the second time in two years (first on bribery charges, and then on charges involving the award of a WPA transit contract). Seventeen New Bedford Council members were also indicted on conspiracy charges in the bribery case - none of them named Morrow. Mayor Carney beat both raps, after a mistrial in the bribery case and an acquittal in the transit contract case. The voters in 1940 were less forgiving of Mayor Carney than than the jurors had been; he lost his bid for re-election.

Ward 3

I wonder how Morrow did in the election.

A dark and stormy night

One expects to see Joe Friday step out of the shadows.

 
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