Life magazine featuring first professional women skateboarder, Patti McGee

Life magazine featuring first professional women skateboarder, Patti McGee

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Life magazine with a color photograph of the first professional women's skateboarder, Patti McGee doing a handstand on a skateboard, May 14, 1965. The magazine was autographed by McGee at the Innoskate event held at the museum, June 22, 2013, "Thank You. Its an honor to be included here at the Smithsonian. Patti SHOF 2010, God Bless." In 1964, Patti became the first female to win the National Skateboard Championships and achieved another first in 1965 as she became the first female pro skateboarder. Patti went on to appear on the television show “What’s My Line” and “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson after being featured on the cover of Life magazine in May of 1965. She was also the only woman to be featured on a skateboard magazine cover when she appeared on the May 1965 issue of Skateboarder Magazine. Patti was a worldwide ambassador for the skateboarding world in the 1960s and continues in that role today with her induction into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, the first female to hold that honor.
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Object Name
magazine, skateboarding
date made
McGee, Patti Villa
Life Magazine
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 13 3/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 34.925 cm x 26.67 cm
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accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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