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Q: Photos/details on Harlem club in 1919-1930 ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Photos/details on Harlem club in 1919-1930
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: irvs-ga
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Posted: 12 Sep 2006 12:07 PDT
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Question ID: 764568
I am interested in any details/pictures/stories of the club or
performances at a club called Goldgraben's I.G. Cafe in Harlem.  My
understanding is that is was opened in 1919 on Lenox Ave at the
beginning of the Harlem Renaissance (more details below.)  Would you
happen to know if you have any information or photos of this club?

Currently I have found the following information online (doing google searches):

1 - Goldgraben's is listed on the NYC architecture website as being a
popular after-hours hangout
2 - Located at 439 Lenox Avenue at 132nd Street (eventually became
Baron's Lounge in 1964.)
3 - Opened in 1919 ad ran through some time in the 60's until the
build was torn down and now a clothing shop is currently there at 439
Malcolm X Blvd.
4 - Isaac Goldgraben was the founder and owner.
5 - Elmer Snowden apparently first heard Billie Holiday there.
6 - It had a supreme court case in 1918.
7 - It is referenced in McKay's "Home to Harlem" at the beginning of
chapter 4. "Goldgraben?s on Lenox Avenue was leading all the Negro
cabarets a cruel dance.  The big-spirited Jew had brought he cabaret
up from the basement and established it in a hall blazing with lights,
overlooking Lenox Avenue.  He made a popular Harlem Negro manager. 
There the joy-loving ladies and gentlemen of the Belt collected to
show their striking clothes and beautiful skin. Oh, it was some
wonderful sight to watch them from the pavement!  No wonder the lights
of Connor?s were dim.  And Barron?s had plunged deeper for the ofay
trade.  Goldgraben was grabbing all the golden-browns that had any
spendable dough."
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