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Way Back When in Santa Barbara, Mesa Memories, & Silent Movies Made in Montecito

"WAY BACK WHEN" WEDNESDAY - 100+ years ago this month

Image: courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Dirty Dancing in January 1914

"No social season is complete without a fad, and this year the fad is the tango," gushed one society columnist in the Santa Barbara paper. The tango was clearly the hot dance way back when.

 

Not everyone was taking to the tango back in 1914. In Rome, the pope declared that the tango "outrages modesty," and added, "The people must be made to see the grave offense to God and the irreparable harm to society by participating in spectacles which incite looseness of morals."

 

If that weren't enough to make you sit out this fad, the "Journal of the American Medical Association" declared that "elderly [tango] dancers were in danger of putting too great a strain on a dilated heart or an arteriosclerotic artery."

 

 

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