Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ladies of Harlem

This post is all about links!

First, I want to link to this great post at AfroDandy about Black / African Pin-up art. I'm a big fan of Bettie Page, but have either neglected to seek out or failed to come across many images of Black pin-up models.

The image below, originally featured on The Pin-Up Blog caught my eye and I couldn't resist posting it here:





The photos are great, but be sure to read Zavi's post!


Within that post, was a link to a blog I'd stumbled upon a few months ago while doing research for b.vikki vintage, but had, until the post at AfroDandy, nearly forgotten all about (I almost imperceptibly linked to it in my post on the movie Reet, Petite, and Gone): Ladies of Harlem!

It's a simple, one page site, but the pictures speak volumes!

I'll be posting more consistently in the coming days: more mens fashions from the 50s and early-mid 1960s, part 2 of Vintage Black Voters and Politicians, and the Vintage Black Brides series will move into 1961.... and if you read this blog, you know that I never EVER stick to a schedule, so there will be plenty of mix-ups and unexpected posts along the way.

13 comments:

  1. That's such a cute picture!

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  2. really interesting image! Love the checkerboard accessories. Curious props, though.

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  3. thanks for the Ladies of Harlem link, by the way. That is just a FANTASTIC site.

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  4. heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.

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  6. Hey thanks for the shout out, I love your site, but I dont think that image was ever featured on the pin up blog.

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  7. I remember the Ladies of Harlem site. I'd meant to post about it a while back but forgot. Thanks for picking up the slack ^_~ It's a shame how incredibly hard it is to find pictures of black pin-ups.

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  8. it is super hard to find a lot of these photos, thanks for doing the groundwork -!

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  9. check out myspace.com/kellysdolls. great black pin-up art.

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  10. I am trying to locate a photo of The Vivants, a well-known club of Black Women of Harlem in the 50's and 60's whose thrusts were social functions and economic assistance, especially giving college scholarships to young Black Women--my aunt, Alice Hart Smith, was a prominent member and is about to celebrate her 90th b.d.--she can't find any PICS of her club members--many of the club members lived in The Riverton--Thanks for your help! you can reach me at: bsan9980@bellsouth.com

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  11. Where did you get this strange vintage illustration? I never saw something similar to this before.

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