Harry Richman’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz” In Harlem (video/lyrics)

richard puttin on ritzHarry Richman (real name Reichmen), Jr. (1896-1972) was a star of vaudeville, Broadway, a few films and a bit of early TV between 1926 and 1932, today he is almost forgotten. Puttin’ On The Ritz was a #1 hit for Richman as Brunswick 4677 over an eight week chart run beginning February 15, 1930. Continue Reading →

Katherine Dunham’s Harlem Renaissance 1948 (videos)

hqdefaultIn 1948, Katherine Dunham opened and directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance and Theatre near Times Square in New York City after her dance company was provided with rent-free studio space for three years by an admirer, Lee Shubert; it had an initial enrollment of 350 students.

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104th Street S Curve, Elevated Railway, Harlem, 1899 (video)

video-tape-1From (Thomas) Edison Films catalog taken from the front platform of a special train that ran backward over the celebrated S (“Suicide Curve,”) Curve, Elevated Railway in East Harlem, New York, 1899. Continue Reading →