HAROLD JACKMAN, “the handsomest man in Harlem!” (via I’ll Keep You Posted)


I’ll Keep You Posted: In the 20’s and 30’s, Mr. Jackman was often described as an boulevardier, and as such he was a head turner. So much so, that many of the era’s leading artists and photographers, including Winold Reiss, Richmond Barthe, Carl Van Vechten and James L. Allen rushed to capture his handsome visage.



Harold knew everybody who was anybody both at home and abroad. The elegant bon vivant was a noted world traveler and Paris was his special playground! It is known that he met and had a long distance relationship with the expatriate writer, Edouard Roditi, on one of his many trips to France. It is said that many of the leading figures of the era first met each other when Harold introduced them. His diaries and collections are now considered some of the most important resources for writers and historians. And as a voracious collector of African American memorabilia and black cultural artifacts, Jackman also typified, to a degree, what they used to call “race men.”


Despite standing on his his own merit, Harold Jackman will always best be known for his intense relationship with Countee Cullen. Together, they have been called the “Jonathan and David of the Harlem Renaissance.” Some have called them lovers, and maybe at one time they were. It’s very possible that the conflicted Cullen was probably quite infatuated with Jackman, but Thomas Wirth, author of Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance, Selections from the Work of Richard Bruce Nugent, says there is no concrete proof that they ever were despite the newspaper headlines and whispers to the contrary.

Richmond Barthe Portrait of Harold Jackman 1929 charcoal and pastel on paper_jpg
Richmond Barthe Portrait of Harold Jackman 1929 charcoal and pastel on paper

READ the rest of this GREAT story about Mr. Jackman @ I’ll Keep You Posted



Here’s Countee Cullen….


Wingold Reiss’s drawing of Countee Cullen


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One Response

  1. Bryant

    Enjoyed this story very much! Years ago in high school I picked the Harlem Renaissance as my project for my term paper and learned very much about the writers of that period, Countee Cullen included. Thanks for this! Very informative!!

    Oh yea, as a photographer I love your blog!!

    April 8, 2014 at 4:11 am

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