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1903 - El Tango Criollo

1903 - El Tango Criollo

 In 1903, the Buenos Aires publication Caras y Caretas published the first known photos of someone dancing tango. The photos featured Arturo de Navas leading another man. Navas was a well-known dancer and friend of Carlos Gardel.

One thing that I think is particularly interesting about this image is that the label says, "Tango Criollo." This was a common title during this period and appears on lots of tango sheet music.