Saturday, June 24

During Prohibition, Harlem Night Clubs Kept the Party Going

"Prohibition may have put a damper on alcohol sales in much of the United States in the 1920s and early ’30s, but it didn’t stop the party up in Harlem. The map above, created in 1932, shows a thriving nightlife centered on New York jazz venues like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The map is filled with caricatures of famous musicians and dubious denizens of the nighttime scene, as well as helpful tips for partygoers. 'It’s pretty fantastic,' says Melissa Barton, curator of drama and prose for the Collection of American Literature at Yale University’s Beinecke Library. 'It’s just packed with details.' ..."
National Geographic
Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance & the Beinecke Library
A Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance in Maps, Manuscripts, and Art
Yale Books
YouTube: Earl "Snake Hips" Tucker

2009 February: Harlem Renaissance, 2010 August: A Nightclub Map of Harlem, 2010 October: Apollo Theater, 2014 May: History of Harlem, 2014 November: A Harlem Throwback to the Era of Billie Holiday, 2015 February: A Nightclub Map of Harlem