Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Road Rollers


These early predecessors of the modern roller skate have two large, spoked wheels with rubber tires. They were sold in London by the Road Skate Co of Oxford Street after their invention in 1897, and were advertised as being 'ankle-friendly' due to a hinged splint on either side of the boot. They weighed more than 40 lbs each.The skates caused a craze in the 1920s and in London businessmen commuted to work in them.

See them on display in the Lynn Museum

2 comments:

soubriquet said...

Even if they were made of lead, 40 lbs is too much. I can't even imagine them being 14lbs, whereas 4 seems a bit light. Ten pounds, maybe.

The Nag said...

Got the info here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/171069/World-s-oldest-surviving-roller-skates
And here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1268312/Worlds-oldest-roller-skates-unveiled-British-museum.html