Friday, August 31, 2012

End of Summer

Vintage Photo Friday
Beach Skateboard Contest, Herald Examiner Collection, August 1966
L.A. Public Library Photo Archives

It's the last official weekend of summer. Of course, here in Los Angeles, summer weather will probably continue until mid-October. We wear white shoes and Hawaiian shirts all year long.
We can also partake of summer sports for almost 12 months. due to our perfect Southern California weather. Skateboarding has become an international sport, originating right here in SoCal in the late 1950's. In the early days, kids just attached their roller skate wheels to a board and started sidewalk surfing. Later, mechanical innovations improved the wheels and shape of the boards.
One early skateboarder near and dear to my heart is Mr. Larry of Sherman Oaks.....

Sidewalk Surfin' with Larry,
Sherman Oaks, 1965
Larry, right, with his beach buddies,
Sherman Oaks, 1965

Enjoy the last days of summer!


At 12:51 PM PDT, Blogger Natalie said...

WOW! Larry is doing a yoga pose on a skateboard. Such a cool dude.

At 10:53 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry is rad!

At 4:57 PM PDT, Blogger Z said...

hey ellen.

long time no comment.

glad to see your still blogging.

old pictures are nice.

At 11:28 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ellen...Great skate pics. Where was the contest held? Thanks, Gary

At 7:35 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Gary, I don't know where the skate contest in the Herald Examiner photo was held. There was very little info about the photo in the L.A. Public LIbrary archives....just the year.

At 3:33 PM PDT, Blogger betty said...

I love the haircuts on Larry and his beach buddies! They look so classically So-Cal.


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