Handmade wooden skateboard deck

Description (Brief)
This is a handmade wooden skateboard deck with an inlaid design down the center and was bought by the donor for five dollars from "the old man that lived down the street." According to the donor, the maker of the board used to make custom surfboards and would occasionally make a skateboard for the neighborhood kids. The donor does not have the wheels for the board but said they were roller skate wheels that he attached to the board. This early deck was a standard for kids before skateboards were mass produced beginning in the early 1960s. Skateboards were usually handmade by kids who were interested in riding, often using two by fours with metal roller skate wheels attached.
Currently not on view
Object Name
skateboard deck
date made
ca 1958
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 26 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 67.31 cm x 13.97 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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