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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Roller Derby Girls: 1950

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Roller Derby Girls: 1950

Women's league roller derby skaters in New York. March 10, 1950. View full size. Photo by Al Aumuller, New York World-Telegram.

I.D.

The lady on the right is Annis Jensen of the Chicago Westerners. Not sure about the lady on the left but she looks like Edith Branum of the Jersey Jolters.

I have to come back to this

I have to come back to this photo daily. It's such a great moment of vitality, and adventure. I'm living vicariously through the woman on the right. WOOOO excitement, ready to land, and the momentum to go forward.

Roller Derby

Do you know which team was playing in this picture?

[Sorry, no idea. But I bet someone out there knows! - Dave]

Seeing these old-school gals

Seeing these old-school gals make me feel like such a pansy. I would never dream of jumping over someone without my kneepads and a mouth guard!

Rollerderby photo

Great photo. I actually saw this happen, as I was there. I was only 10 years old at the time and it was powerful and exciting in the light of the times. J. Williams

no fear

wow we wear pads, mount guard and helmets now. They look fearless.

Zoom Zoom Zetta (Suzette)
Rocky Mountain Rollergirls

More please

Are there more where this came from?

colin j.

[As far as I can tell this is it. - Dave]

 
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