Skate Crazy: Amazing Graphics from the Golden Age of Roller Skating appears to be a really wonderful book, full of images from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Stickers, ads, photographs of the old rinks and skaters—they’re all here. It’s all a bit before my time, though I did live through what might be called the “Silver Age” of skating in the late 70s-early 80s. Actually, a sequel to Skate Crazy that focuses on that Silver Age would be interesting, though not nearly as visually retro-cool.
I wish there were still rinks all over the place. It’s sad what’s happened to roller skating in the US. There are entire states without a single rink (Hawaii, for example).