On Sundays, tea dances; On Mondays, desolation.
Various tea services that were very popular throughout Europe and South America in the early decades of the 20th century. Many of these designs were available in Buenos Aires from Maple & Co.
SUNDAY - TEA DANCES: As La Belle Époque was coming to an end in 1914, prior to World War I, women of leisure and men of prominence would converge between 5 and 6:30 in the afternoon in one of the big hotels or of the special clubs for tea and dancing. The fashions were as elaborate as the music was inspiring: from Ragtime and the Tango to the Charleston, on introduction, each new dance became all the rage. Special china of white porcelain with a gold border was created to celebrate the popularity of the Tango teas. In 1939, with the advent of World War II, as the men went off to war and the women went to work, the tea dance fell by the wayside.
MONDAY - DESOLATION: It would appear that Mondays have for a very long time been slow days for many businesses including the entertainment and the food and beveridge. Understandably, many establishments like restaurants, bars, clubs, barbershops, brothels, etc. would either keep the doors closed on Mondays or at best open for very limited periods and a lot later than other days. On such days, the atmosphere of an empty club that normally is replete with activity, drinking, laughing, music, dancing, cannot be better described than by the word "desolation". It is a day one and all set aside to recharge for the new week.