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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Coasters: 1941

The Coasters: 1941

April 1941. "Instructors in roller skating at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Kalorama roller skate ushers

I respected these guys. They could outskate anybody. Sometimes at half time they would show you their skills. If they asked you to leave, you left, no sass. Nobody wants to be banned from the roller rink.

Counting down.

By the looks of the poster at the upper left, it appears as though Count Basie will be "Stompin' at the Savoy" soon.

Kids These Days!

Just like now

Kids being Kids

A bunch of dead-serious middle-aged men on roller skates - and two kids doing what comes naturally! I love this picture.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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