Chicago roller skates (pair)
Leather, fabric, wood, metal
Overall: 11 x 10 in. (27.9 x 25.4 cm)
CHICAGO ROLLER SKATE COMPANY / WARE BROTHERS / Pat Aug. 15, 1914 / MADE IN U.S.A.
White leather shoe, oak sole, wooden wheels, and black and red pompoms at toe.
This pair of 1940s women’s roller skates was donated by Chester Fried for use in the WWII & NYC exhibition (October 5, 2012 – May 27, 2013). The exhibit displayed the skates with an advertisement for the Empire Roller Rink, an important Crown Heights, Brooklyn rink that lasted from the mid 1930s through 2007. Fried, who began skating at the Empire in the 1950s, is an inveterate skater and advocate for NYC skating as well as a private collector of skating equipment and ephemera.
Gift of Joel Aranson
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