Black L.A., 1947: Stylish Men in Harlem Wearing Berets

Feb. 13, 1947, Real Estate

2400 Block S. St. Andrews Place

At top, the home at 2443 S. St. Andrews Place is for sale at $16,500 cash or $18,000 “terms.” Above, the 2400 block of South St. Andrews Place via Google Street View.

Feb. 13, 1947: Columnist Bill Smallwood says “Richard Wright, back from Paris whence he proved such a distinctive favorite, is having trouble getting his Manhattan apartment back! He lives in half of it while awaiting outcome of his filing suit against the occupants to regain the other half.”

Smallwood also notes:  “For some inexplicable reason a good portion of the males in Harlem are sauntering around that area in berets, of all things worth a second and third look! You’ve seen nothing until you see those in winter white coming your way, and jauntily no less. Seems to me I recall seeing Sugar Ray Robinson in a dashing blue number some weeks back.

Smallwood’s column seems to have ended in 1948. He later became a columnist for the California Eagle.

Feb. 13, 1947, Bill Smallwood

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2 Responses to Black L.A., 1947: Stylish Men in Harlem Wearing Berets

  1. Wayne Selover says:

    Nice to see the mention of a young Ulysses Kay in the clipping. He studied composition with William Grant Still, Howard Hanson and Paul Hindemith, among others, and is considered one of the major American composers of the 20th Century.


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