December 11, Día del Tango

December 11th is Día del Tango, chosen because it is the birthday of two stars of tango, musician and composer Julio De Caro and and singer Carlos Gardel.

To commemorate the day, here is a photo of a milonga at Club Sunderland (possibly in the 1950’s). Some interesting things going on in the photo: Several people are in costume (the photo may have been taken during “Carnaval” season), several guys are standing in line of dance without a partner, one guy is wearing a black arm band (possibly in mourning), and many people are posing for the camera.

The Club Sunderland milonga, located in barrio Villa Urquiza, was in continuous operation from 1919 until the government closed it down in 2015 for fire regulation violations.