New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Look what I can do!


December 14, 2020

Ice skating, as depicted in this postcard from the 1900's. became a beloved past time of the 20th century.

Some 4,000 years ago, folks wishing to travel across the frozen flats of Finland devised a more effective mode of transportation. Based on archaeological findings, it seems these early skaters used not much more than a couple of leather straps and a piece of bone or antler. The bone skates were likely very slick and required a push-off, resulting in a glide across the ice.

During the 15th centu...

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