Online Exhibit – History of The West Set: The Gentlemen’s Social Club of West Philadelphia (founded 1957)

21 08 2010

The Black LGBT Archivists Society has installed its first online exhibition, The West Set: The Gentlemen’s Social Club of West Philadelphia. The West Set was founded in 1957 as a social club for men. The name reflects the residence of many of the clubs’ member–West Philadelphia. As a fraternal club, they traveled the world, held social gatherings and contributed to social causes. Each year, they held the Miss West Set Competition. PHILADANCO Founder Joan Myers Brown held the title from 1972 to 1973. The Archivists Society is honored to present this history.

Online Exhibit: The West Set.





FTA: Can you identify this photograph?

20 08 2010

Party with Men Dancing, Sept 1954






FTA: Art Worthy – More than a Party Flier?

18 08 2010

Paradise Alley? Shampoo First Fridays? Heat on Sundays? Perhaps you’ve seen these fliers. Over the past ten year, Chris Hunter (aka Simply Christopher) has produced social events and parties for Philadelphia’s LGBT community. And if you’ve seen his promotion fliers, you know the art work of Spenser Michaels. I recently walked by a community center in West Philly branding his art.

Here is a small sample of party fliers (side 1) from Simply Christopher Events with the artwork of Spenser Michaels.