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Pairs skating: Jesse Darling performing with partner Henry Simmons. (80.6.47)

Pairs skating: Jesse Darling performing with partner Henry Simmons. (80.6.47)

Elsbeth MullerElsbeth Muller in 1941 taught rollerdancing at the Arena Gardens Rink in Detroit, Michigan. (81.13.5)

The three wheel roller skate made by the Hiker Manufacture Company in the early 1900sThree-wheeled skate by Hiker Manufacture Company early 1900s. (81.5.28)

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

Museum BuildingMuseum: National Museum of Roller Skating inside USA Roller Sports headquarters. (97.44.37)

Motorized SkatesSkate of the Month!
This bizarre gas-powered skate from the museum collection is this month's featured roller skate. Click on the image for more information.

Roller hockey, circa 18781878 Roller Hockey Illustration (90.42.40)

Roller hockey skate, circa 1910This in-line was made specifically for roller hockey by the Roller Hockey Skate Company of New York City, circa 1910. The boot was made by the Brooks Athletic Shoe Company. Note that the rear wheel is raised to allow the skater to pivot on the center wheel. From The Evolution of the Roller Skate: 1820-Present, available in the museum store.

John Joseph MerlinJohn Joseph Merlin (85.62.2)

Petitbled Skate 1819Petitbled Skate 1819  (97.91.2)

James Leonard PlimptonPlimpton (90.36)

Plimpton SkatePlimpton (90.36)

Inline SkatesFrom The Evolution of the Roller Skate: 1820-Present, 175 Years of Inline Skating: pictured (clockwise from bottom): the French Petitbled from 1819, an 1860 inline of unknown manufacture, a model from 1994 produced by Rollerblade, Inc., and a 1930s clamp-on inline from the Best-Ever-Built Skate Company.

The 1996 World Inline Hockey ChampionsThe 1996 World Inline Hockey Champions

Teammates Clarice Martin and Bernie McKayTeammates Clarice Martin and Bernie McKay  (88.22.3)

Women speed skater, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1910.Women speed skater, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1910.

1916 Profession Racing TourWoodward, Colston, Martin, Cioni, Kinney and Clarkson get ready to go at the 1916 Professional Racing Tour. (82.25.39)

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