1. A famous ballroom dancer walks into a bar. A monkey is serving drinks. And, believe it or not, this is not a joke. There is no punchline. It apparently really happened. Vernon Castle - a very well-known ballroom dancer in the early 20th century, who popularized the Foxtrot and performed with his wife Irene in Broadway productions such as Irving Berlin’s “Watch Your Step”  - apparently opened a “private American bar, with the latest New York cocktails” in Paris back in 1916. Vernon also seemingly decided to “teach a monkey he [had] just bought as a mascot to do his bit as a bartender.” This, at least, according to the Buffalo News in this epic clip found by our own curatorial associate Kailen Rogers while she looked through scrapbooks from the Robinson Locke Collection in the Theatre Division at our Library for the Performing Arts. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. 

    A famous ballroom dancer walks into a bar. A monkey is serving drinks. And, believe it or not, this is not a joke. There is no punchline. It apparently really happened. Vernon Castle - a very well-known ballroom dancer in the early 20th century, who popularized the Foxtrot and performed with his wife Irene in Broadway productions such as Irving Berlin’s “Watch Your Step”  - apparently opened a “private American bar, with the latest New York cocktails” in Paris back in 1916. Vernon also seemingly decided to “teach a monkey he [had] just bought as a mascot to do his bit as a bartender.” This, at least, according to the Buffalo News in this epic clip found by our own curatorial associate Kailen Rogers while she looked through scrapbooks from the Robinson Locke Collection in the Theatre Division at our Library for the Performing Arts. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. 

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    And people wonder why I love history? This is why.
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    which is worst? knowing who the hell Vernon Castle is? or having him steal your idea for a theme restaurant? Monkey...
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