Rafael Crocitto Caffé

January 8, 1936 —

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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.

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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.

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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.

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