The Skating Vanities

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In the 1940s, as Americans’ amount of leisure time increased, so did their desire for all forms of entertainment. In this pre-television age, a popular form of entertainment was the live variety show. One show created to fulfill this desire for entertainment was the Skating Vanities. From 1942 until 1956, the Vanities roller skating show entertained millions of people, both in America and abroad.

Eileen McDonnell, Douglas Breniser, Gloria Nord, Normal Latin, and Peggy Wallace during a skating vanities performance In London in 1948. Gift of Peggy Wallace Boucher 1998.022