This 1890 photograph is the oldest-known picture of women playing hockey, taken at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Isobel Stanley, daughter of Lord Stanley, is seen wearing white. Lord Stanley of Preston’s daughter, Lady Isobel Stanley, was a pioneer in the women’s game and was one of the first females to be photographed using puck andContinue reading “Here’s the Earliest Known Image of Women’s Hockey, ca. 1890”
The Last Married Couple in America is a 1980 comedy film released in the US. It was directed by Gilbert Cates, whose most successful film Oh, God! Book II, was released in the same year. The film starred George Segal and Natalie Wood as a California couple in the late 1970s struggling to maintain theirContinue reading “Natalie Wood Roller Skating in ‘The Last Married Couple in America’ (1980)”
Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, producer, and composer. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the “Man with No Name” in Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” of Spaghetti Westerns during the mid-1960s and as antihero cop HarryContinue reading “Clint Eastwood Skateboarding on Via Veneto, Rome in 1965”
Like inline skates, they were meant to free skating enthusiasts of those pesky iceless roads. As an advertisement reads, “Ritter Road Skates allow anyone to practice the graceful and healthful pastimes of speed and figure skating on any road or other suitable surface.” The skates were sold by the Road Skate Co of Oxford Street,Continue reading “Long Before Inline Skates Were a Thing, There Were Ritter’s Aptly Named Road Skates, ca. 1898”
The first patented roller skate was introduced in 1760 by Belgian inventor John Joseph Merlin. His roller skate wasn’t much more than an ice skate with wheels where the blade goes. They were hard to steer and hard to stop because they didn’t have brakes and as such were not very popular. In 1863, JamesContinue reading “30 Interesting Vintage Photos of Roller Skating Girls From the Mid-20th Century”
Kansas City Bomber is a unique movie. It is a sports movie that centers around a female athlete in the rough and tumble world of Roller Derby. Roller Derby, for those who don’t remember, was a team race on roller skates around a circular track that was as violent as the WWF. Players kicked, trippedContinue reading “30 Amazing Vintage Photos of Raquel Welch in the Movie “Kansas City Bomber” (1972)”
By the time the ’70s rolled in, body hair was back in full swing, hippy babes were kicking around in flares and hot pants and women were getting on board with skating. Yep, female skateboarders started shredding alongside dudes on the streets, completely changing the way women were seen in sporting circles. Let’s take theContinue reading “21 Vintage Photos of Skater Girls From the 1970s”
Roller skating has and always will be an all-time favorite activity to do while visiting Venice Beach. Here’s a collection of 34 interesting vintage photographs of roller skater girls skating at Ocean Front Walk, California in 1979.