A digital trove of 1000s of images of early hip hop photos, posters, and ephemera

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November 4, 2017 by kYmizsofly

posted by Jason Kottke Sep 20, 2017 | kottke.org

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Image Courtesy of Cornell University Hip Hop Archive

Cornell University has a hip hop collection with tens of thousands of objects in it: photos, posters, flyers, magazines, etc. Much of the collection is only available on site in Ithaca, NY by appointment, but parts of it have been digitized, like these party and event flyers:

Created entirely by hand, well before widespread use of design software, these flyers preserve raw data from the days when Hip Hop was primarily a live, performance-based culture in the Bronx. They contain information about early Hip Hop groups, individual MCs and DJs, promoters, venues, dress codes, admission prices, shout outs and more. Celebrated designers, such as Buddy Esquire (“The Flyer King”) and Phase 2, made these flyers using magazine cutouts, original photographs, drawings, and dry-transfer letters.

Explore the archive

https://kottke.org/17/09/a-digital-trove-of-1000s-of-images-of-early-hip-hop-photos-posters-and-ephemera

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