Roller Skating in the Park, 1950s
July 21, 2017 11:54pm CST
Roller skating was one of my favourite activities back in the 1950s. I didn't have fancy skates with boots, just the open sort with clips at the edges that you fastened onto your shoes and a strap to make them more secure. The roller skating park shown above was a quite a long way from my home, but at weekends I was allowed to ride there on my bike with a friend, as long as I was home by 5 p.m. Isn't it amazing how much safer life was for a child in those days. Parents would never allow their children to bike a couple of miles to a park unsupervised these days. But, we really were safe there and spent hours skating or exploring the rest of the park. I love this particular old postcard from those days, as the pram is exactly like the one my sister and I were pushed in as babies. This skating rink still exists, though is used as much by skateboards as roller skates these days Did you roller skate as a child?
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22 Jul 17
I had the same roller skates, with no boots. just the open skates with the clips. We had no roller skating park, but the apartment of my father was right in front of the biggest park of Milan and my mother accompanied with my younger brother and I at the park to play. He had a small bicycle, I had my roller skates.