Accession Number: NEKHC:2012.37.1-2

Object: Skates

Category: Steven Frank; childhood

Physical Description: Wood, complete items; slight (inactive) fray on cloth bindings.

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The cloth bindings on the  skates were directly tied to a shoe or boot. The skates form part of the  Steven Frank collection.

Further Information

This pair of skates form part of the Steven Frank Collection. They belonged to Steven and his brothers when they were young children in Holland. Steven remembers learning to Skate on the canals in Holland, which freeze over in the winter. The Frank family would go skating on the weekends, where they would meet friends and neighbours, or skate to the local café where they would get treats like hot chocolate. Steven remembers learning to skate as a very young child, recalling that children were taught by taking an old chair onto the ice, holding onto the chair and learning to move your feet around. While today skates are often attached to special skating boots, Steven used these with ordinary shoes, and they would be tied onto the bottom. Steven Frank "I have many happy memories of skating on the canals in Amsterdam, and I was always warned never skate under a bridge, of course that is where the ice was thin (laughs)"