[Harlem]: Connie's Inn, .
Unbound. Illustrated poster printed in orange, blue, and black on beige cardstock. Measuring 14" x 18". Slightly age-toned but overall fine with sharp corners. The poster features images of a string of "sepia" chorus girls and a tuxedoed comedian in blackface. Apparently the Inn's advertising and reviews from 1936 feature Connie's Hot Chocolates of 1937, thus our attribution of the date.
According to *Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance*, Connie’s Inn was a Harlem nightclub established in 1923 by white bootlegger Connie Immerman and his two brothers, George and Louie. The club was located at 2221 Seventh Avenue at 131st Street in a basement from 1923 until 1934. Connie’s Inn featured African-American performers, but like its rival The Cotton Club, restricted its audience to whites only. Among their featured performers were Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bill (Bojangles) Robinson, and Fats Waller. Early in her career Lena Horne danced in the chorus and Cab Calloway’s singing of “Ain’t Misbehaving” in the “Chocolate” revue helped make him famous.
A striking and stylish poster for a famous nightclub featuring black performers.