A Night-Club Map of Harlem


If you haven't seen this amazing illustration before I'm happy to bring it to your attention now. This piece of art is by cartoonist Elmer Simms Campbell and it depicts some of the amazing night life in Harlem in 1932.


I wanted to find a nice quality image of this piece to share with you all and the search produced some interesting results. I first came upon this page:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/476-go-late-a-night-club-map-of-harlem/


This page has a nice brief write-up of the map and description of some of its particulars. But then I saw that they credited Lindy Hop's own Mike Thibault, of Rochester, NY with their information. Mike's been dancing for over 20 years and he runs Groove Juice Swing in Rochester as well as Swing out New Hampshire. He is also an avid Lindy Hop & Jazz historian and has contributed some great materials and information to the Lindy Hop History Museum at ILHC, so I contacted him to ask him about it.


Turns out he was searching for the original of this piece over a decade ago, before there were really any high-quality scans of it available online. C