Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
Vice President Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich, American, 1908 - 1979
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World, American, founded 1898
Bryant, Joyce, American, born 1928
Lindsay, John V., American, 1921 - 2000
Jazzmobile, American, founded 1964
Weaver, Robert C., American, 1907 - 1997
Motley, Constance Baker, American, 1921 - 2005
Jones, J. Raymond, American, 1899 - 1991
Booth, William H., American, 1922 - 2006
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American, founded 1913
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, American, founded 1920
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded 1908
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
Order of the Eastern Star, American, founded 1850
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867
The Afro-American, American, founded 1892
New York Giants, American, founded 1925
Cosby, Bill, American, born 1937
Ashe, Arthur Jr., American, 1943 - 1993
Bradley, Tom, American, 1917 - 1998
ink on paper
H x W x D: 12 × 1 × 3/16 in. (30.5 × 2.5 × 0.5 cm)
A promotional publication titled [A Tale of Two Cities] published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine is white. At the top of the front cover is the Seal of New York City. At the bottom of the front cover is the seal of the city of Los Angeles. In the center is a black strip with pink text reading [A Tale of Two Cities]. The magazine contains promotional content about the cities of New York and Los Angeles as well as profiles of prominent people within the African American community including black and white photographs.
The magazine’s content begins with a page of several photographs of African American community leaders with New York state Governor Nelson Rockefeller, including Jackie Robinson, the IBPOE of W and singer Joyce Bryant. Also on this page is the text [all photos by Bert Smith]. The publication continues with a story about New York mayor John Lindsey and profiles of Robert C. Weaver, Constance Baker Motley, New York County Democratic Leader J. Raymond Jones, and Chairman of New York City’s Commission on Human Rights, William H. Booth. There’s a schedule of performances for Jazzmobile taking place around the city.
Throughout are portraits, profiles, and short articles about business organizations such as the National Distillers, the National Association of Market Developers, and the National Dental Association as well as fraternity and sorority events for Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Phi Beta Sigma, and articles on events such as the National Conference of the Urban League, International Conference of Grand Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Convention of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
There are also profiles on Lincoln Center, Morehouse College; the Afro-American Newspaper; appointments of African Americans to the administration of President Johnson; the Democratic Party; debutant balls; weddings; the New York Giants; Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; the city of Springfield, Massachusetts; Bill Cosby and other entertainment stars; the Mount Morris Park area of Harlem; Arthur Ashe; Los Angeles city council member Thomas Bradley; and notable African American business leaders, labor leaders, community leaders, political leaders, doctors, nurses, artists, and activists from across the United States.
There are approximately 89 pages, with black and white photographs and advertisements, and several color advertisements. The back cover has an advertisement for Black & White scotch.
Place made
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
magazines (periodicals)
Associations and institutions
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Mass media
Political organizations
Professional organizations
Religious groups
Social life and customs
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Urban life
Women's organizations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anne B. Patrick and the family of Hilda E. Stokely
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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