I love eBay for all the fascinating collectibles one can find on the history of the Virgin Islands. 🔥
Here’s an interesting postcard advertisement about the Limbo dance and one of the sponsors, Canadian Club.
The Limbo Dance
“When the Limbo originated in the jungles of Africa, it was used as a test of manhood,” writes Toby Schoyer, an American friend of Canadian Club.
“Today in the Virgin Islands it’s a colorful dance.
You bend over backward, hands off the ground and inch under the bar.
My island friends taunted me into trying it and I thought I was man enough to do it, but they didn’t tell me they were going to set the bar on fire!
The Limbo Bar
The flaming bar was set at three feet.
The famous steel band struck up a Calypso beat. Carefully I inched under….. I made it!
They then lowered the bar to two feet.
Again, I made it!
Down to a foot and a half. Feeling the cocky glow of success, I began again.
My Shirt was Aflame!
Fire! came the cry.
The glow was me!
My shirt was aflame!
I scrambled out from under.
As they doused me with water, they also extinguished my enthusiasm for learning the Limbo, once and for all!
With laughter in his eyes, my island host led me off to a table to relax.
I was glad to meet an old friend there–a Virgin Islands favorite for many years- Canadian Club.”
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Update: This item has sold.
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