"Volito" In-line Roller Skate

"Volito" In-line Roller Skate

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Before the invention of indoor rinks, ice skaters turned to the Volito when they needed to practice and didn't have access to ice. This in-line skate consisted of a wooden sole, a single row of five wooden wheels, and a curved iron bar at the front that served as a rudimentary brake. What made the Volito superior to other models, however, was the unequal size of its wheels, larger at the center and smaller at the ends. This simple modification allowed the skater to execute turns more easily.
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Object Name
roller skate
Date made
Tyers, Robert John
Place Made
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 3 in x 3 in; 30.48 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
from Miss Elizabeth W. Plimpton
Roller Skating
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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