If you were a kid or teenager between the 1950s and 1970s, then you might recognize a peculiar object that might resemble a bottle opener or some woodworking tool. However, this object had a unique purpose during those years.
Roller Skates of Yesteryear
Back before the sleek, modern roller skates we know today, there were roller skates that looked rather unconventional. These skates had to be strapped over the wearer’s shoes, crafted with a metal base and secured with leather straps.
Now, let’s unravel the mystery of that peculiar metal tool. That tool is none other than a key. Every pair of roller skates manufactured in those decades came with this key. Its purpose? To adjust the tightness or looseness of the skates. Most skaters hung their keys around their necks, and losing one meant potentially having to invest in a new pair of skates.
It’s fascinating, isn’t it? Some of you might have experienced the era of these metal skates and their accompanying keys. A stark departure from today’s lightweight, plastic roller skates. If you happen to own a pair of these vintage skates, especially with the original key intact, hold onto them! They could become valuable collector’s items in the future.