November 6, 2013The Craze and the Menace of Skateboards – Life Magazine, May 14, 1965
Today I am sharing with you some pictures from the May 14, 1965 issue of Life Magazine – all about the new “craze” of skateboards – let’s take a look, shall we?
I love this cover image, it was what prompted me to buy this magazine. It’s not everyday that you see a girl with a total 60’s bouffant doing skateboard tricks!
Here’s another image, with the same girl from the cover, Patti McGee. Wikipedia states that she was the first female to ever be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, which is pretty cool.
The caption for these pictures in the magazine is “Too much moxie breeds mayhem in the streets”. It looks to be one epic spill that the boy in the upper picture is taking!
This is, without a doubt, my favourite picture in this spread. I am not sure who has the better facial expression, the kid or the mom!
The caption for these pictures was “College boys fight a downhill battle”. I like the garbage can trick riding, and that looks to be some pretty impressive slaloming as well.
The caption for these pictures was “It’s easier to get bloody than to get fancy”. What blows my mind is how so many of these pictures have people riding barefoot – definitely not something you see today! Definitely not the type of skateboard tricks that you think of today’s skateboarders doing, either.
The caption for this picture was “Give ’em wheels and Oh, Brother!” I think that says it all!