Tattler Girls magazine’s world of Harlem, from basketball teams to fashion shows, fabulous Harlem in the 1920s – Harlem World Magazine

Tattler Girls magazine was the Amsterdam News of its time during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s.

Each year Tattler Girls magazine had a group of female ambassadors they called tattler girls which included basketball team games, fashion shows and much more.

Here is a cover of Harlem from a magazine cover in the 1920s:

The magazine’s staff included editor Bennie Butler, Hubert Delany and Johnny Hudgins.

The photograph above is a group portrait of contestants in a competition possibly sponsored by Inter-state Tattler magazine, at the Savoy Ballroom in the late 1920s.


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The Tattler’s editor, Bennie Butler, is in the top row on the far left.

Members of Chick Webb and his Harlem Stompers, performing at the Savoy, are shown in the background.

Articles Group portrait of beauty contestants, possibly sponsored by Inter-state gossip magazine, at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.

The photo below is from one of the Tattler Girls Athletic & Social Club or AC basketball teams, which originated in 1924 (the photo was taken in 1927).

The photo depicts some of the winning entrants, we’re not sure because the photo doesn’t tell us that either – but we love them.

The Interstate Talker (also called the Interstate Tattler) was a cross between a newspaper and a magazine.



Published weekly in Harlem, it covered cultural affairs, especially theater, and billed itself as “the great American pictorial weekly.” Theophilus Lewis was editor with Major as editor or associate editor and featured columnist.

The newspaper began publication in February 1925 and no issues were found after August 1932.

Photo Credit: 1) Tattler staff, beauty contestants and guests participating in Tattler-sponsored beauty pageants. 2) Cover of Tattle magazine 1940. 3) The Tattler Girls basketball team 1924, source.

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