January 8, 1936 —
That’s Rafael on the left. He and Alberto were the only men sitting out the tanda. They noticed the flash and both turned around to see who took the photo.
I called Rafael to wish him a happy birthday, and he invited me to come for a visit in the afternoon. He moved a few months ago into the same building in Montserrat where he daughter lives.
I asked about the photo and painting on his living room wall. Rafael was only 19 in this photo at Teatro Astral. A friend made the drawing in 2007. The flowers are wood shavings.
Those who know Salon Canning in Palermo Viejo will recognize this photo which covers the back wall of the salon. It’s a compilation of many dancers who attended the milonga over the years. Rafael has this smaller version on his apartment wall.
We talked for a couple of hours while seated in front of a fan. I brought a half kilo of ice cream to cool off a bit.