In 1949, Hugh Hefner Commissions Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes To Design The Playboy Bunny Custome

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The legendary Harlemite Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), was an African-American fashion designer and costumer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny custome. Continue Reading →

Dorothy Dandridge In The Mermaid Gown, By Harlem’s Zelda Wynn Valdes, 1953

Dorothy Dandridge wearing the fabulous “Mermaid Gown” dress by Harlem designer to the stars Zelda Wynn Valdes. In 1948, Valdes opened her boutique, Chez Zelda, on Broadway and 158th Street, Harlem New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem Artist Paul Meltsner, New York 1905–1966

Paul Meltsne3Paul Raphael Meltsner (1905–1966) was an American artist who was widely recognized for his Works Progress Administration (WPA) era paintings and lithographs, and who was later known for his iconic portraits of celebrities in the performing arts. Continue Reading →

“New World A-Coming” At Schomburg In Harlem (audio)

schomburg podcastMei Tei Sing, Curator of The 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre, describes the significance of the theater’s groundbreaking radio program which is featured in the exhibition: Continue Reading →

The Harlem Style Of Norton And Margot 1933 – 1947

tumblr_nkey1zNqqu1rb3osco2_500From 1933 until 1947 Margot Webb and Harold Norton performed on the Afro-American vaudeville circuits of night clubs and theatres in Harlem, around the Northeast and the Midwest. Continue Reading →

Lewisohn Stadium, Harlem, New York, 1915 (video)

Lewisohn Stadium was an amphitheater and athletic facility built on the campus of the City College of New York. It opened in 1915 and was demolished in 1973.Lewisohn Stadium was an amphitheater and athletic facility built on the campus of the City College of New York in Harlem. Continue Reading →