A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 24, 2013
“Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Whitewash
Whitewash, or calcimine, kalsomine, calsomine, or lime paint is a low-cost type of paint made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide) and chalk (whiting). Various other additives are also used.
In the United States, a similar attitude is expressed in the old saying: “Too proud to whitewash and too poor to paint”, with the connotation that whitewash is a cheap imitation of “real” paint.

OCLC WorldCat record
The spout spring : a book of fiction ; & (as a bonus) Too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash : the early years
Author: Mark W Royston
Publisher: New York : IUniverse, ©2003.
Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Too proud to whitewash : tales from down the country
Author: Mary Preston Foster
Publisher: [Charleston, S.C. : Mary Preston Foster, 2007?]
Edition/Format: Book : English
Database: WorldCat
Stories told by descendants of Dr. James Adams Hayne (1872-1953) and his wife, Frances Douglass Thorn (1874-1969), who lived in the towns of Blackstock and Congaree, S.C.

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