First Generation RollerBlades

DATELINE January 4, 1863:James Plimpton of New York City patented 4-wheeled roller skates with one wheel at each corner of the skate. Previous skates had wheels in a line.

That’s right – Roller Skates evolved from Roller Blades. On this day in 1863, a Mr. Plimpton registered his invention that would, according to the legal documentation*, “get them wheely-works out to the cornermongers of my buster browns, see?”

Whoda thunk that so many years would pass until someone would invent roller blades based on the inspiration of roller skates, where, according to the legal documentation*, “put the wheels in the center, broseph!”

Fun fact regarding my size 15 feet and roller blades: the shoe part is so big that it almost requires an extra wheel. No kidding. I wouldn’t kid about something so embarrassing.

Fun fact regarding my son Malachi: he was asking me one day about the WheelBoots in the garage. Guess what he was talking about. That’s right: RollerBlades — which shall henceforth be known as WheelBoots in my house. I like that name a lot better.

About radamdavidson

When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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