Friday, June 28, 2013

Louisiana Roadhouse



Today's picture shows a Roadhouse in Raceland, Louisiana. The picture was taken in 1938. This shows an interesting thing . . . it appears that somewhere between 1900 and 1938, "Roadhouses" went from being places you ate and spent the night to places where you drank and danced. So, I am not sure exactly how the term Roadhouse evolved over that time, but you can see its meaning clearly changed.

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  1. Anybody recognize what dance the girls are dancing??

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  2. Love those wide bottom pants on the ladies. And why aren't any men dancing?
    -Anne K.

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  3. Great picture! Love the outfits!

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  4. Looks like the Hokey-Pokey, Rebecca.

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  5. I thought the Hokey Pokey as well.

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  6. If it is the Hokey Pokey that might explain why there are no men dancing. Just saying:)

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  7. Looks like "truckin" to me!

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  8. Courtesy of Google: Truckin: Truckin is a shuffle step variation popularized after the vaudeville era. The right hand is held up (as in a right turn signal) with the index finger extended and wagging. In Harlem Truckin the shoulder is set back. Feet are parallel at all times. With both feet together and facing slight left the right foot scoopes down and brushes the floor, the left foot is then gathered at the right ankle and the right heel twists (this should cause forward movement as the foot scoopes past the other foot). The action is repeated creating a "hearts in the snow" effect from the overlapping steps. At the same time the left hand is placed over the stomach (like a waiter holding a towel) and never really moves. The stomach twistes with the feet therefore, the "stomach rubs the hand". If truckin is being done around a circle the outside hand is always up.

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  9. Mercy, some of the women are wearing PANTS!

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