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Illustrated by:
Elmer Simms Campbell, American, 1906 - 1971  Search this
Subject of:
Savoy Ballroom, American, 1926 - 1958  Search this
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Small's Paradise, American, founded 1925  Search this
Gladys Bentley, American, 1907 - 1960  Search this
Dickie Wells, American, 1907 - 1949  Search this
Don Redman And His Orchestra, American, 1931 - 1940  Search this
Donald "Don" Matthew Redman, American, 1900 - 1964  Search this
Garland Wilson, American, 1909 - 1954  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 16 3/4 × 24 1/16 in. (42.5 × 61.1 cm)
Place depicted:
Harlem, New York, United States, North and Central America
January 18, 1933
The first issue of Manhattan Magazine featuring the centerfold illustration, "A Night-Cub Map of Harlem" by E. Simms Campbell. The cartoon map provides a nightlife guide to Harlem with caricature renditions of night clubs, restaurants, musicians, entertainers, vendors, and patrons.
The viewer looks southwest over the streets of Lenox Avenue and Seventh Avenue, with Central Park at 110th street at the upper left corner, the Harlem River at the bottom left, the "Harlem Moon" in the upper right corner, and a compass rose and a police station at bottom right. In between are 131st, 133rd, 134th, 135th, and 142nd streets, running east to west. Depicted are the Radium Club, Cotton Club with Cab Calloway's band, the Savoy Ballroom, Connie's Inn, Lafayette Theatre, Log Cabin, Theatrical Grill, Gladys Bentley at Gladys' Clam House, Club Hot-Cha, and Small's Paradise. Cartoon figures do popular dances the Lindy Hop, the Bump, and Snakehips. Musicians Harlan Lattimore, Garland Wilson, and Don Redman are featured, as well as tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. There's a vendor selling hot peanuts, the restaurant Tillies features fried chicken, and the vendors "the Crab Man" and "the Reefer Man." Each character and venue has a brief written description. At Club Hot Cha, "Nothing happens before 2 a.m., ask for Clarence" and at Small's Paradise, "Cafe au lait girls and dancing waiters."
At bottom right, a rectangular label reads "Engraved and copyrighted 1932 by E. Simms Campbell." Beneath each page is a short text caption beginning with "Points of interest underneath the Harlem Moon..." at left and "The cafe au lait girls which are the color of coffee and cream..." at right. The very bottom right corner advertises "A 'relief' map of Greenwich Village in the Feb. 1 Manhattan" magazine.
The magazine consists of four sheets (a, b, c, d) folded to form 16 pages, with the map appearing in the centerfold of sheet d, across pages 8 and 9. The dark blue wrapper (e) has the front and back cover with black text and a black and white graphic of a man and woman against an abstracted cityscape. The magazine content consists of printed text, advertisements, and illustrations.
African American  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Cooking and dining  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Foodways  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Music  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Women's organizations  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture