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June 21, 2015

Victorian lady roller-skaters, ca. 1890s

Back in the Victorian era rinks were made with hard marble and were in nearly every town and city. Skating was only twenty-five cents so most classes could participate. One could participate in races, fancy skating, or dancing on skates... Special dresses were made to free up movement for women. In spite of this huge popularity, roller-skating slowly decreased. But it did lead to freedom of dress and behavior for women.


  1. Was that Babe Ruth in his cab?

  2. Bruce Partington-PlansJune 21, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    I do love this clip (having viewed it many times before!) and the Harold Lloyd films. Speedy was Lloyd's last silent film before he switched to silents and was filmed largely on location in New York. The passenger in the cab is in fact famous baseball player Babe Ruth, a big fan of Lloyd. "Speedy" was also in fact Lloyd's nickname. The footage with the bus from 4:30 onwards is actually from one of Lloyd's earlier films, For Heaven's Sake, made in 1927.

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