Tuesday, June 10, 2008

if you know what this is


you once wore metal roller skates with adjustable clamps that gripped the sides of your PF flyers. Of course, you needed a key to get them on and off. 

Who would have guessed that something so benign and ubiquitous years ago would come to be this strange and vaguely sinister looking object? (Thanks, Terri, for the memory.)

9 comments:

Bob Hoffman said...

Skate key. It's been a while.

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Auntie Christ said...

And how many folks know what a church key is? Or remember the little key that came with the tin of potted meat?

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Church key, yes! I always wondered how a can opener got that name. And, oh the feeling of competence it gave me as a kid to roll off the lid of a tin. What pop top kids missed.

Joker said...

That looks like something used in a SAW movie without TLC. yeesh.

Auntie Christ said...

Off topic, but the Underwood Deviled Ham commercial was no where to be found.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-OlWgHgqMMU

Nina Rubin said...

Sure do! I lived in Stuyvesant Town in the 50's, which had the smoothest paving and no sidewalk cracks. It was heaven for skaters. "Hey mom,I need my skate key!!"

suaveydavey said...

That makes me remember that was the first 45 I bought. By the 1HW artist, Melanie. Excuse me, I have to google my route past your house.

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

@joker- um, thanks for that visual.

@auntie--thanks for this DELICIOUS find, I'm posting immediately.

@ Nina--How I envied you city kids, growing up in the suburbs.

@suaveydavey--You're welcome any time.