Dickie “Mr. Harlem,” Wells, Harlem Playboy And Entrepreunuer, 1920-1949

Richard “Dickie” Wells, known as, “Mr. Harlem,” 1908-1949, was one of Harlem’s most gifted tap dancers, nightclub owners, and last but certainly not least, its most notorious male gigolo and playboy. Continue Reading →

Tommy “Mayor Of Harlem” Smalls Paradise In Harlem, NY, 1926-1972

Tommy Smalls, August 5, 1926 – March 8, 1972, known as Dr. Jive, was an influential African-American radio disc jockey in New York City during the early days of rock and roll. He owned the Smalls Paradise club in Harlem in the 1950s. Continue Reading →

Young Harlem Gangsters, New York, 1920’s (Photo)

Here’s a great prohibition photograph of young Harlem gangsters with guns, serving up whiskey bottles, and dressed to impress in ties, hats, heavy winter coats and suites in Harlem, New York, 1920’s. Continue Reading →

Small’s Paradise, Harlem, New York, 1930 (Photograph)

An intimate photograph of the entrance of Smalls Paradise (often called Small’s Paradise and Smalls’ Paradise, and not to be confused with Smalls Jazz Club), a nightclub at (on the Chitlin Circuit) 2294½ Seventh Avenue at 135th Street, Harlem, New York, 1930, photograph.
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Harlem’s Ruby Bailey, A Fashion Pioneer NY 1912 – 2003

ruby1Ruby Bailey was born in Bermuda in 1905 and arrived in the United States in 1912 with her mother and sister. She lived in Harlem until her death in 2003 at the age of 97. Continue Reading →

Hello, Jimi Hendrix London Apartment Opens To Public

_86348072_hendrix_houseJimi Hendrix spent many years in Harlem at the Palm Cafe, the Apollo Theater and many more venues. As some of you may know Harlem has had a number of historical buildings, the Renaissance, Cotton Club, the Lafayette Theater, Connie’s Inn, the Ubangi Club, the Audubon Ballroom, the Savoy Ballroom, the Harlem Opera House, Continue Reading →

Pin Up Twins Rub The “Tree Of Hope” For Good Luck In Harlem

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Here is a great black and white tear sheet from Jet Magazine in the 1950’s of Pin up twins who sit on the “Tree Of Hope” at 129th Street and 8th Avenue (aka St. Nichloas Avenue) in Harlem, New York.

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