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Goofy Foot Skateboard

Goofy Foot Skateboard

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Description (Brief)
The ‘Goofy Foot Sidewalk Surfer’ from NASH, shown here, was one of the original, mass produced skateboards of the late 1960s. This was sold in toy stores and marketed to kids as a toy. The plastic wheels and metal ball bearings made riding dangerous and only the skilled rider could perform tricks or rode downhill with any success. It wasn't until 1970 with the introduction of the urethane wheel by Frank Nasworthy, that skateboarding became a legitimate competition sport. The urethane wheel provided a smooth ride and enabled skaters to go faster and maneuver the skateboard in ways they couldn’t with the cumbersome metal, clay or plastic wheel.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
skateboard
Date made
1960-1969
maker
Nash
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 24 1/4 in; 8.89 cm x 13.335 cm x 61.595 cm
ID Number
1992.0116.01
catalog number
1992.0116.01
accession number
1992.0116
Credit Line
Ellen Roney Hughes
subject
Sports
skateboarding
recreational
Children
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Skateboarding
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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