Harlem Rooftops

  • Harlem, NY
  • 1936-1940

Images from Aubrey J. Weeks’ photo albums.

Notes: I was struck by how many photos were taken on the rooftop of the apartment buildings where my grandfather and his family lived in Harlem, NY. His albums from this Post-Renaissance/Depression-era/pre-World War II period have plenty of pictures taken in other locations, all public spaces in Harlem, but why rooftops? I wonder if the rooftop allows for a bit more intimacy – since these are mostly family photos. Or did it allow spontaneity – you could run upstairs and have more space than inside your working-class apartment.

Aubrey’s youngest brother, Norman Weekes, October 1936.
Aubrey’s youngest brother, Norman Weekes, August 6, 1937.
Aubrey’s younger sister Mable Weekes and brother Cliff, 'taken Sunday, August 15, 1937.'
Aubrey’s friend Kenneth, Summer 1938.
Aubrey with friend.
Aubrey’s youngest brother, Norman Weekes, October 1936.
Aubrey J. Weeks, Sunday, August 15, 1937.
Aubrey’s maternal aunt and aunt’s friend, August 1938.
Aubrey (back) with two friends.
Aubrey, May 1940.
Aubrey’s youngest brother, Norman Weekes, August 6, 1937.
Aubrey’s younger sister Mable Weekes and brother Cliff, 'taken Sunday, August 15, 1937.'
Aubrey, Summer 1938.
Aubrey with friend.
Augustus Weekes “Pop” (right) and Mr. Yearwood.
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