Illustrated by
Campbell, Elmer Simms, American, 1906 - 1971
Subject of
Savoy Ballroom, American, 1926 - 1958
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940
Calloway, Cab, American, 1907 - 1994
Small's Paradise, American, founded 1925
Bentley, Gladys, American, 1907 - 1960
Wells, Dickie, American, 1907 - 1949
Don Redman And His Orchestra, American, 1931 - 1940
Redman, Donald "Don" Matthew, American, 1900 - 1964
Wilson, Garland, American, 1909 - 1954
January 18, 1933
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 16 3/4 × 24 1/16 in. (42.5 × 61.1 cm)
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.
Place depicted
Harlem, New York, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Harlem Renaissance (New Negro Movement)
Associations and institutions
Blues (Music)
Caricature and cartoons
Cooking and dining
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Race relations
Singers (Musicians)
Urban life
Women's organizations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible

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