we're heading into the peak of summer when many of us are
focused on enjoying the warm weather, we thought we'd have
a bit of fun with this month's item. Of course, many readers
will immediately recognize these strap-on roller skates. Although
they aren't strictly gardening related, they're certainly
associated with outdoor activity. We found these, which are
in mint condition, in our antique tool collection among the
many gardening and woodworking tools. Perhaps one of our staff
members saw them at auction and, overtaken by nostalgia, just
couldn't resist purchasing them?
This pair was made by the Chicago Roller Skate Company. The
roller skates are the Zephyr model (No. 173), patented in
1933. The patent stated the intention was to "provide
a new and improved skate which is constructed of heavier and
stronger material than conventional skates and still is lighter
in weight." The two-piece, adjustable-length roller skate
plates easily adapted to a child's growing foot. The skates
featured solid steel wheels and twin-row high-speed bearings.
The only thing they're missing is a stopping mechanism. It's
possible you stopped by turning both feet sideways at once,
by dragging a toe behind you or, as a last resort, by simply
falling down. We're sure a few scraped knees didn't hinder
children of all ages from enjoying this activity.