JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – RICHARD PRICE ON ROLLER SKATES – COLES AVE NEAR 76TH – 1943 – A PRICE FAMILY PHOTO – FROM THE 79TH STREET OVERFLOW SITE   1 comment

RICHARD PRICE ON ROLLER SKATES - COLES AVE NEAR 76TH - 1943 - FROM THE OVERFLOW SITE

A BEAUTIFUL SNAPSHOT IMAGE.

CLAMP- AND STRAP-ON STREETSKATES WERE COMMON IN MY DAY TOO, THIS IMAGE BEING  TWO YEARS BEFORE I WAS BORN. REMEMBER THE LITTLE KEY FOR TURNING THE TOE CLAMPS WHICH YOU HAD TO KEEP SAFE FROM LOOSING WHILE YOU WILDLY PLAYED?

AND THE BUMPS BETWEEN SQUARES OF SIDEWALK COULD SOMETIMES SEND YOU SPRAWLING, THESE SKATES NOT BEING SMOOTH THE IN-LINE SKATES USED TODAY.

INDEED THE SKATES MADE A LOT OF NOISE, HOLLOW STEEL WHEELS AGAINST CONCRETE, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE YELLS AND LAUGHTER.

THERE WAS A CHICAGO BRAND OF SKATES THAT NATURALLY ENOUGH WAS COMMON IN MY DAY.

RICHARD PRICE APPEARS SO NATURAL AND HAPPY-FACED HERE.

WHAT WE CAN SEE OF COLES AVE BEHIND IS JUST AS I REMEMBER IT. I DELIVERED NEWSPAPERS TO APARTMENTS ON COLES – STARTING A BLOCK NORTH OF HERE.

OUR CHURCH, SOUTH SHORE BAPTIST, ALSO WAS ON COLES, A BIT SOUTH OF HERE, NEAR 79TH.

RICHARD’S PLUS-FOURS ARE INTERESTING. I HADN’T REALIZED THEY WERE WORN BEYOND THE 1930s.

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  1. Looking for inspiration yesterday while writing a poem about clamp-on skates, I came across this delightful image. Seeing it was a Chicago photo made it even more enjoyable. I grew up in Chicago on 55th and Shields – then, when 11, moved to 70th and Lowe.

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