I know I have mentioned British Pathé before and their amazing collection of over 80,00 videos available to peruse online. They have an incredible amount of archival content and it's just a click away. I decided to check out their collection of skating videos and I really had to narrow down my search for this post (they have a variety spanning throughout the 1900s). I decided to focus on videos from the 1920s (one of my favorite decades as you know) and selected my top six favorites. I hope you enjoy these and get inspired to lace up some skates this winter. Plus check out the rest of British Pathé skating videos here.
1. Vintage Speed Skating (1920)
I have adored speed skating (before there were rockstar athletes such as Apolo Anton Ohno), which is why I was thrilled to find this little gem. I find a speed skating competition missing the sound can be even more thrilling. You really have to pay attention to the visuals to know what exactly is going on.
Everyday Skating in England (1922)
Skating is not only for athletes. Sure they have a higher skill level, but as this video proves skating is for everyone. I adore the gentleman lacing up his lady's skates and helping her onto the ice. It is charming.
3. Slow it Down Now (1920)
This video actually slows down the video so you can see the skaters' every movement in detail. Very creative for 1920, don't you think? Wait until the high kicks!
4. Long Coats, Top Hats & Skates - How Dapper! (1920s)
5. Barrel Jumping - Those Daredevils! (1929)
Simply, because years of comedy have proven: people falling down after doing something ridiculous is funny.
6. Not my kind of 20's swing
You know what I am talking about. Those dangerous looking swing moves by couples. The kind where it's the women's head being swung very close to the ice. Apparently it has been around for a while. You can see that demonstrated in the begining of this compelation video followed by decorate designs in the ice.... and more barrel jumping (because who did not love the previous video).