December 13, 2012

A Trip to the Skating Rink

 Living in California, I can count how many times I've been ice skating (which is once). This winter I want to say that I've at least been twice! I always think of rich colors and plaid as the ideal ice skating outfit. This look seems to span a few decades with its classic items and textures.
A Trip to the Skating Rink

 The history of ice skating is an interesting story. According to a study by Federico Formenti of the University of Oxford, it suggests the earliest ice skating happened nearly 3000 years ago in Finland. Apparently original skates were simply sharpened, flattened bone strapped to the bottom of the foot! Instead of skating in the ice, the skater merely glided on top of it.

Walt Disney and Wife
  Invented by the Dutch in the 13th or 14th century, a different kind of skate was designed. Instead of bone ice skates, they were made out of steel with sharpened edges on the bottom to aid movement. Since then, the construction of modern skates were modeled after this method. In either case, ice skating had been enjoyed for centuries!
Here are a few photos of vintage ice skaters:
Ice skating in the1940s
Young people in the 1950's skating
Kiddos in the 60's getting ready to skate
Have fun and don't slip!

Sincerely, Vera

1 comment:

  1. I'm wearing hot pants like this last lady, the next time I skate, yeah!