Langston Hughes' collection of Rent Party Cards. Poetry in motion. Rent parties are exactly what the name implies -- social events to raise money for the rent. They featured live music, food (for an added fee), dancing, and other *social* activities. A fascinating piece of history currently on display at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Langston Hughes' Collection of Harlem Rent Party Advertisements
Hosts of these gatherings opened up their apartments for a night, charging a fee to guests in return for live music, dancing, and socializing. Food was extra, and the accumulated cash went to help the hosts pay their rent.
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