The great “Roller Skate Craze” of 1907 caught on film.
Filmmaker describes capturing “all walks of life” throughout NYC during this utter period of apparent roller skating chaos splendor.
My favorite moment could be when one guy falls over a very obviously humungous obstacle. But wait, is that a policeman skating along happily, only to then charge ahead later and literally fall head over heels over a woman? (Side note: is that the origin, or a play on our commonly-used phrase for crushing on a girl?)
This is quite possibly the very first “America’s Funniest Home Videos”. Except much, much better. Most likely a pop-culture cartoon in the form of film (the newest medium back then—and fairly frivolous—kinda like blogging.)
Do yourself a favor and watch it in slow motion.
[From the paper print film archives of the Library of Congress (no copyrights existed until 1912). Created/Published, United States: William N. Selig, 1907.]