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Harlemites who played the numbers often consulted dream books that suggested number combinations to play for luck. This rare, ephemeral book is clearly made on cheap, acidic paper, but it survives from 1948:
During the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, dream books were sold at newspaper kiosks to help people interpret things seen in dreams, and to convert those memories into a 3 digit number that could be used to play in the numbers.
Recently a 1949 “Harlem Pete” dream book came on the market. Given that they were cheaply printed on the lowest quality paper, it’s remarkable that this one survived in such good shape.
Patch’s Nick Garber reports that Marvin Holland is being fined by nearly $18,000. Holland was a City Council District 9 candidate during the last election.
A past candidate for City Council in Harlem was hit with nearly $18,000 in penalties this week for eight separate campaign finance violations, the city’s Campaign Finance Board announced Tuesday.
Marvin Holland, a union organizer who ran twice in 2017 for Central Harlem’s District 9 seat, faces $17,909 in penalties amid allegations that his campaign failed to report its spending and did not respond to audits from the board, in violation of city rules.