Darlings, we are but 252 days until Halloween and I’m noticing the first trickle of “Halloween costume ideas” showing up in our search terms here at The Year of Halloween. If you’re looking for a little costume inspiration, how about these vintage 1948 photos of Roller Derby girls over at The Selvedge Yard? Sass on wheels, indeed.
– First Ladies of Fashion: A Pictorial History of Inaugural Gowns
As a kid I recall catching glimpses of old Roller Derby matches on t.v. and being absolutely fascinated by what I saw. Tough as nails gals, some pretty and some just pretty rough– speeding around the track pulling hair, throwing elbows, and sending each other flying around, and even off the track. All I know is I wanted more. The sport is still alive and well today, but these vintage skaters possess a magical naivete and quality that just can’t be replicated. Count me as a fan.
Midge Brasuhn of the Brooklynites.
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My sister did a brief stint as a Roller Derby girl but she was too much of a softie to really put the necessary effort into it.
Those ladies are seriously hard core.
My ex-girlfriend was (and is!) a member of a French roller derby team. Pretty kick-ass sport!
I think I speak for the rest of the internet when I ask if there are any pictures of that.
Derby, Artistic, or Speed – Skaters on Wheels ROCK! Thanks for the post!!!!
I am so glad you enjoyed it, Juliette. 🙂
My friend is in the roller derby — 50 years old! I should forward this to her…
Who knew Life Magazine was doing photos of roller derby girls back in the 1940’s! If you pass them along, I hope she enjoys it. 🙂
I watched them explain the rules to it once and it just made me mad because I couldn’t understand them.
…I guess that means you get mad about a lot of stuff, then?
I think so. 🙂