Old Photos: A Follow-up

When I post the old photos from the Life Magazine Archives my secret hope is to hear from real people who either recognize a person, a place or an episode shown in the picture. For the most part the photos are not that old, so finding an eyewitness is not that far-fetched.

I was excited to hear from the grandson of Max Jaben, one of the people photographed for the Kansas City Crime series.

Making up Civella’s inner circle were; brother Cork, nephew “Tony Ripe”, gambler Max Jaben, and enforcer Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna. On the fringes was a powerful Capo named William “Willy the Rat” Cammisano, who headed a semi-autonomous crew in the vein of the Riccobene faction in Philly or the Licatas in Cleveland. Nick and Cork and Max Jaben became charter members of the first edition of Nevada’s “Black Book” in 1960.

Max Jaben, James Duardia, and Fonzie Domayo leaving jail on gambling charges.

Max Jaben, James Duardia, and Fonzie Domayo leaving jail on gambling charges.© Time Inc.George Skadding

According to his grandson, Max Jaben helped operate the “Snow Club” among other places.

Show club where gambling was taking place during the gambling conspiracy.

Show club where gambling was taking place during the gambling conspiracy.© Time Inc.George Skadding

Lastly, Max Jaben’s grandson kindly allowed me to post this obituary.

While I usually try to do at least a basic search on the photos I post, I always like to hear from real people, it makes doing these posts even more fun.

  • That’s very interesting!

  • olentangy

    Is that 12th street east of downtown?

  • If you mean the club, there is a sign “Muelenbach Coffee Shop” and hotel in the background.

  • K.J.

    I am also a grandchild of Max Jaben. Would love to read this issue of Life and get a copy of the pictures!

  • Looks like if you search here you can find relevant issues from May 8 (page 40) and May 15 (page 53)of 1950. Then all you have to do is look them up in the library,or buy.Photos can be purchased from Google or Life.com

  • K.J.

    Thanks, MV!