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The Vaudeville Team of Mike & Mike, circa 1930Mike and Mike dancing (97.0.653)

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The National Museum of Roller Skating holds the largest, most varied, and unique collection of antique roller skates in the world. Included in its collection is the James L. Plimpton family collection (considered the father of modern roller skating), patent models of early skates of American manufacturers, skates of international origin, competitive and vaudeville costumes, memorabilia of roller skating rinks, in-line roller skates dating from 1819 to present, and various manufacturing innovations and experiments. The museum archives contain an extensive collection of publications, photographs and documents covering over two centuries of roller skating history.

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Do you need information about the history of roller skating? If so, this information is for you. If additional information is necessary, check out the museum store, The History of Roller Skating is the definitive source.

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