The Tango Foot: 1914

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

Tango boots, c. 1895 http://collections.lacma.org/node/227982 Tango boots, c. 1895 http://collections.lacma.org/node/227982

THE TANGO FOOT

The following dispatch from Berlin confirms the worst fears, says The Indianapolis News:
“Dr. Boehme, of this city, announces that he has discovered a new disease, which he describes in a medical periodical under the name of the ‘tango foot.’”

For months we have lived in dread of the striking of the evil hour when disease would suddenly stalk among us on the dance hall floor and turn the laughter of our joyous revelry to groans of dismal pain. Dance now as mildly as we may, dip as carefully as we can, Boston, gavotte, grapevine, chasse, kitchen sink and scissors with due caution and restraint, we never again feel the same old thrill and keen delight and blissful abandon. Ever henceforth as we tango, hesitate and Maxie, there will be this grim, grinning, mocking terror of the “tango foot” to obtrude upon…

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One thought on “The Tango Foot: 1914

  1. How women through the ages have suffered for love of the dance. Whether Tango or boogie in high heels, they are all destined to injure or cripple. Probably better today, when youngsters just cast off their inappropriate shoes, and enjoy themselves in bare feet.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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