Historical Reads: History Of The Roller Skate


Roller skating is a very popular and fun pastime, but who invented it? The Virtual Victorian investigates:

The first known pair of roller skates were created by the Belgian, John Joseph Merlin, in 1759 – and what a demonstration he gave when, in 1860, he burst through the doors of a London ballroom whilst skating, and playing a violin, after which he very nearly died when being unable to stop the wheels and crashing into a mirror. Sadly the violin did not survive.

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