30 Fascinating Vintage Photos Capture Everyday Life in Harlem in the 1940s

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Harlem is a large neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Since the 1920s Harlem has been known as a major African-American residential cultural and business center.

During the early 1940s African Americans were fleeing from The South hoping for a better life in The North but when they got there it wasn’t what they had expected. In The North they were still treated with racism. When they went to town they would always have to wait until everyone passed by and then they could walk on the street, in some way African Americans were still suffering.

Take a look back at the neighborhood in the 1940s through 30 fascinating vintage black-and-white photographs below:

A double wedding in Harlem, 1940s. (Bettmann)

Couples dancing at Savoy Jazz Club, 1940s. (Bettmann)

Arm wrestling, 1940. (Andreas Feininger)

Easter Sunday, 1940. (Weegee)

A short man, wearing a zoot suit, stands on a chair to get a better view of the dance floor at the Savoy Ballroom, 1940s. (FPG)

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