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Image of 2012.042.0001, Article: pg 41
pg 41

Image of 2012.042.0001, Article: pg [43]
pg [43]

Image of 2012.042.0001, Article: detail photo pg [43]: Fifth Street Pier; Holland America Line
detail photo pg [43]: Fifth Street Pier; Holland America Line

Image of 2012.042.0001, Article: pg [61] Log Cabin Syrup advertisement
pg [61] Log Cabin Syrup advertisement

TitleArticle (re Edward J. Florio): A Racketeer Takes Over an American City. By Jules Weinberg. Look, July 17, 1951; Log Cabin ad.
Object NameArticle
Catalog Number2012.042.0001
CollectionHoboken Longshoremen Collection
CreditAnonymous gift.
Scope & ContentArticle: A Racketeer Takes Over an American City. By Jules Weinberg. Published in Look magazine, July 17, 1951, Vol. 15, No. 15, pp 42-[43]. Full issue present.

Report on Edward J. Florio and waterfront corruption in Hoboken especially about the longshoremen. Full text is in notes.

This type of activity was later depicted in the film On The Waterfront which was almost entirely filmed on location in Hoboken.

Also found in this issue on page [61] is a Log Cabin Syrup advertisement: North Woods Maple Flavor. Log Cabin was made at that time in Hoboken and was a division of General Foods Corporation.
Notes2012.042.0001
Look magazine, July 17, 1951, Volume 15, Number 15, pages 43-[43]:

A RACKETEER TAKES OVER AN AMERICAN CITY

[caption below photo portrait of Florio] Edward J. Florio, ex-bootlegger, ex-convict, ruler of Hoboken’s docks: ”What drives you nuts,” his subjects say, ”the guy is strictly a meatball.”

By Jules Weinberg.
Jules Weinberg, author of numerous articles on life along the water front, is
engaged in writing a book on the place of religion in organized labor.

Hoboken, N. J., a busy seaport across the Hudson River from New York, is in the grip of a ruthless union boss who schemed his way to power and brags, ”If you wanna do business, you gotta see me”

Edward J. Florio, water-front boss in Hoboken, N. J., labor racketeer and ex-convict, has a habit of thumping himself on the chest and proclaiming: ”I’m the boss in this city. You wanna do business here, you gotta see me. You want anything, you see me.”

The people of Hoboken don’t deny it.

Nobody ever pretended that this drab town had any claim to civic virtue. Under the long rule of the McFeely tribe, it was part of Frank Hague’s notorious Hudson County political machine. In Prohibition days, it was a hangout for bootleggers. Those were the days of ”big time” crooks. On the face of his criminal record, Florio’s operations are peanuts. But the police records don’t show everything.

”Don’t ever be fooled,” said a veteran of New Jersey’s gamy politics, ”by what the record shows. Remember, Frank Costello used to be in the Kewpie-doll business. It’s all a matter of position, getting yourself set so when a break comes your way you can pour it on. Of course, it doesn’t hurt any if, along the way, you can put a couple of politicians in your pocket.”

One of Florio’s longshoremen sized him up more
PeopleYanowski, Charlie
 Florio, Edward J.
 Borelli, Michael
 Aurigemma, Anthony
 DeFazio, Charles
 DeSapio, Fred M.
Date1951
Year Range from1951
Year Range to1951
Search TermsLog Cabin Products Co.
 General Foods Corporation
 Holland America Line
 Fifth St.
 International Longshoremen’s Association
 Pier 5
Captionpg 41
Imagefile165\20120420001.TIF
ClassificationLabor
Men
Government & Politics
Ships
Trade Unions
Crime
Law Enforcement
Pier
Docks
Mayors
Imagepg 41
 pg [43]
 detail photo pg [43]: Fifth Street Pier; Holland America Line
 pg [61] Log Cabin Syrup advertisement


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