Kissin’ Games

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Kissin Games cover

Kissin’ Games and Smootch Dances
La Farge
1951

Submitter: I really like how he says libraries are not a good place to find out about kissing. I also wonder what the luminous paint was made out of in 1951. I never knew the post office had so many rules!

Holly: This book has a weird title, but it’s actually kind of a cool old book, cataloged as “games, musical” and “dancing — folk dances.” Rod La Farge was a folk dance instructor and square dance caller. Apparently he had a genius IQ and a photographic memory. He passed away in 1978. I can see this being historically significant for folk dance collections, so it definitely belongs somewhere. I hope it’s being appropriately preserved, though, not just hanging out on the shelves gathering dust.

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Let's Go Down to Patico song

10 comments

    1. Patterson is in the north of the State, close to where United States Radium dumped their s__t and killed their employees.

  1. The tune “Let’s Go Down To Patico” is better known as the first strain of the Irish dance tune “The Girl I Left Behind Me.”

    1. I wish! Image the party with “a half dozen postoffices functioning”! Who knew that New Jersey was such a hot bed of square dancing!!

      1. In the 1700s and early 1800s, everyone danced in groups of couples, often in square formation. Country folk and the urban lower classes danced with more energy than those in “high society.” By the late 1800s the upper classes had moved on to other dance forms, and square dancing (which survived mainly in rural areas) got its “hayseed” reputation. But it was done all over the US and Canada — it was a “country” thing, not just a “western” thing. New Jersey was indeed a hotbed right up through the 1950s; in Pennsylvania and upstate New York there are still towns that treasure their Saturday night barn dances.

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