Harlem: Graphic House Inc. / Irv Casten, [circa 1950s].
Unbound. A collection of 14 black and white photographs measuring around 7½" x 9½" with captions and photographers' stamps on the versos. All images very good or better with some uneven edges.
A small archive of images depicting African-American dancers at a Harlem nightclub in the 1950s. One photo features the name “Frank Galbee” on the bandstand. The Frank Galbee Orchestra frequently played the Savoy in Harlem in the mid-1950s and these images appear to be from an appearance there. The photos also include photographers' stamps credited to Irv Casten and Graphic House Inc. Several images feature captioned notations, including the term “Rock n’ Roll” on two images, crop marks, and pasted captions. Images show well-dressed dancers gliding across the dance floor. The dancers are captured mid-dance moves including dips and throws as well as posed with band members.
A modest but pretty wonderful collection of photographs from New York City nightclubs in the 1950s.