Wonderful Vintage Photos of Skateboarders in the 1960s

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Though skateboarding emerged in America in the late ’40s or early ’50s (dreamt up by bored California surfers on flat-water days), the sport didn’t really take hold until the mid-1960s, when young boys and girls everywhere began zooming around on early models. Photojournalist Bill Eppridge, whose photography we recently spotted over at My Modern Met, documented the boom in New York City, where kids swarmed Central Park and car-lines streets, trying out their new toys, often arm-in-arm. Check out Eppridge’s series Skateboarding in New York City after the jump, and see if it doesn’t make you want to go out and play with your friends.

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge

Photo credit: Bill Eppridge