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Absurd Vintage Skating Photos Even Non-Sports Fans Will Love


So you think you can figure skate? Are you photogenic? Can you tolerate the cold? Let these vintage figure skating photos be your guide.

Skating can be hard.

Women on ice-skates with advertisement

Like when you need to pull a giant sign AND smile at the same time.

Chorus girls on ice skates

Or wear heavy hair bows.

 Jimmie Ellison and girls on ice skates

Or an annoying guy who isn’t even wearing skates tries to get in on your chorus line.

Sandy Rice on ice skates falling down on ice

Sometimes you even fall.

Erma Anderson sitting on back of car

And need to be carted home in a jalopy.

Chorus girls dancing on ice skates

It can be lonely when you have to spread eagle alone.

Woman and girl skating together

But a good skating friend will wear a pointy hat with you.

Man on ice skates jumping over two chorus girls sitting at table

Or hang out in a rink café even if a guy jumps over your table.


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Moronic. Really, what is the point of a post like this on the home page of one of the world's great cultural institutions?

This "moronic" post contains

This "moronic" post contains photos from the NYPL digital collections. While it's not of interest to you, obviously, there are many people who would be delighted to see collections of photos like this. Posts such as this one can help promote the use of online archives and resources. Lighten up, seriously. Being one of the world's greatest cultural institutions doesn't mean they have to be stuffy and boring.

Oh guest lighten up a little

Oh guest lighten up a little bit...

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