A piece of Americana! Made by Sport Fun Inc. An early wooden [plywood] skateboard with metal wheels that was there to witness the entire birth of the industry! Back when scooters, skating, and boarding where all developing and influcing one another… Its just skating then gliding [Skate' N Glide]… Skateboarding was initially marketed to surfers as a cheaper/easier way to practice surfing aka “sidewalk surfing”.. Imagine writing these gnarly, little, metal wheels, down a steep tarred hill in California! 23.25″ L x 5.75″ W. See finger point pics for any cosmetic blemishes. However, before skateboards there were scooters, sometimes known as kick scooters and push scooters. Varied forms of scooters have been traced back to the early 1900s, most of them made from wood, metal, or a combination of the two. Scooters had anywhere from two to four wheels. Some of the wheels were metal and others were similar to the wheels on pedal cars. In the 1940s and 1950s, crate scooters made popular sidewalk vehicles. Most crate scooters were handmade. They were relatively inexpensive and simple for kids to construct by using a milk crate or wooden fruit box and metal roller skate wheels attached to a wooden 2 x 4. Eventually kids started removing the boxes and handlebars and just started riding the board with wheels, reminiscent of the famous skateboard scene in the 1985 film. Back to the Future. Trade sheet, about 1960, from The Stephen and. Diane Olin Toy Catalog Collection, The Strong, Rochester. By the early 1960s, skateboarding started luring participants from the surfer scene. In 1962 a southern California surf shop, Val Surf, began making its own brand of skateboards and struck a deal with Chicago Roller Skate Company for the wheels. The skateboards began to attract everyday surfers who could use the boards when they weren’t in the water, and thus the term “sidewalk surfer” was coined. Additionally, skateboarding gained popularity when Larry Stevenson, publisher of. Promoted it in his monthly magazine. In 1963, Stevenson made the first professional skateboards using the Makaha brand and organized the first known skateboarding contest. That same year saw an evolution in skateboard design with the use of clay (also known as composite) wheels that replaced treacherous metal ones. Moving ahead, in 1964 surf and sailing entrepreneur Hobart “Hobie” Alter joined forces with Vita-Pakt company to make a line of Hobie skateboards; the Hobie line also sponsored several contests and professional skaters. Later that summer, the musical group Jan and Dean performed Sidewalk Surfin. On Dick Clark’s. An event which helped further popularize skateboarding with mainstream society. In 1965, the skateboarding sport peaked as manufacturers tried to keep up with the demand, cranking out an estimated 50 million skateboards between 1963 and 1965. In May, the world’s first skatepark, Surf City in Tucson, Arizona opened to the public..
Vintage Big Foot Skateboard Huntington Beach CA Bigfoot Blue Plastic 24. Shows wear from age and use as shown in pics, please see pics!
Circa 1950s – 1960s. SAY HEY WILLIE MAYS SKATEBOARD. SAY HEY WILLIE MAYS. DECK SIZE: 18-5/8″ long x 5-1/2″ wide x 3/4 thick. COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / USA. Considered by some skateboard collectors as The Holy Grail of skateboards, this Willie Mays skateboard was manufactured in the 1950s or early 1960s by Union Surfer! Although the painted graphics are now very faded, this board deck bears the faint head shot likeness of New York Giants / San Francisco Giants baseball player, Willie Mays! This skateboard has steel trucks and clay wheels. Unlike most Willie Mays skateboards, the graphics were printed vertically on this skateboard. A great addition to your Black Americana, MLB, vintage sports memorabilia, skateboard or skating memorabilia collection! POOR to FAIR, USED CONDITION. Moderate to heavy wear from use with heavy paint loss on graphics. Several chipped area in edges of wood deck. Moisture stain along bottom edge of wood surface. No other dents, cracks, chips, warping, or missing parts. Thanks for looking, and have a blessed day.