January 10 - 16, 2016: Issue 246
Scootering and Skateboarding
Make your own Summer Fun
An orange crate scooter New York 1947 - photo by Ralph-Morse
Scootering and Skateboarding: Make your own Summer Fun
Before we return to some making your own garden furniture ideas, or doing some jobs around the home, like replacing hollow doors with solid core doors to ‘install’ some quiet in the home, we’d like to share one that’s just for fun and something that can give hours of fun too.
If your first way of zipping around on wheels was a tricycle or skateboard then this predecessor of those may give you a small insight into how simple ideas are also great ideas.
The first vehicle of many a young person is a scooter – the 1969 version of the “King of the Road’ with white tyres and pale blue chrome certainly whizzed over cement and tar smoothly is well remembered here – the breeze in your hair, brothers left in your wake – much faster than walking on hot summer days.
Although there are many small zippy versions used today, in competitions and for fun, we’d like to offer some basics for those who like something more traditional, that they can make!
Right: Young Boy nailing wheel parts to plank board in first part of making an orange crate scooter New York 1947 - photo by Ralph-Morse
For those who wonder what a skateboard looked like before some bright spark decided to remove the upright handle of a scooter and go ‘sidewalk surfing’ as it was known in some parts of California when bored surfers, with no surf to surf, came up with a way to ‘surf’ and were following an idea that had first been seen by Americans in France in the early 1940’s, when the wonderful fruit crate, a plank of wood and some roller skate wheels were adapted, this is where today's fun came from.
After a few tests versions, or adjusting just one model, you may find you prefer something you've made and adapted to your own scooting wants better than something already made - with this version you can also shape the design of the wood, paint it all different colours or stain it with some decking finish or oils and create an original - just like you!
There are lots of paints and decking stains on special at Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 at present, like those used in the murals around Avalon Beach for the recent Avalon Art Festival - just call into one of their stores and talk to their trained friendly staff about what is best for all the wood and paints you will need.
Definition of ‘scoot’; to move swiftly, Mid 18th century: of unknown origin, possibly from ‘scout’, of 'Scooter'; a child's toy consisting of a footboard mounted on two wheels and a long steering handle, propelled by resting one foot on the footboard and pushing the other against the ground. 1800-10; scoot + -er
Some 'historical' background for you from when this popular pastime began to be reported here in Australia:
To grown-ups, -of course, it seems "but a scooter,
A thing on two wheels without bell or ''hooter,"
But to me, it is sometimes a horse, such a dear,
Or a tine motor-car of the highest speed gear.
A motor-bus, full on the top and inside,
Or sometimes I just take a friend for a ride.
There is all sorts, of fun for a person who "scoots,"
Though mother will tell you it's hard on our boots.
MY SCOOTER. (1918, May 4). The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 44. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140205552
You should see me on my scooter!..
You should hear me sound my hooter! - -
You should see the people- flying 'from my track!
Down the hill the rush is splendid^
But when the- slope, is ended
I've all the way to push the scooter back!
Mother says there is no ending
To the shoes I'm needing mending,
And that scooters are such very-'spensive toys.
Daddy says I’ll earn more money,- '
For we can't stop little sonny
Scooting up and down like all the other boys.'
Oh, I am a lucky laddie
To belong. to such a Daddy! -
There's no one has a Father just like me !
And as-for little Mother,
Well, 'there isn't such' another.
I am sorry for the other boys you see.
— C. E. Thonger
MY SCOOTER. (1928, March 21). The Northern Herald (Cairns, Qld. : 1913 - 1939), p. 36. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article149600963
The N.R.M.A. recently brought before the notice of the Police Department the menace to motorists and to the children themselves, by the presence of scooter parties on many of the heavy-traffic road Way, around Sydney. The Association's effort In having the nuisance and danger reduced to a minimum has been endorsed by the North Sydney Council. The Acting Mayor of which (Alderman E. M. Clark) has prepared special minute on the subject for transmission to the Inspector General of Police. Scooter Nuisance. (1926, November 5). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950), p. 18. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104950567
A SURF 'SCOOTER'.
Surf boards are now officially recognised in rescue work in New South Wales. Mr. A. V. Hopkins, of Vaucluse, Sydney, has invented and built this petrol surf 'scooter' in his spare time. A SURF "SCOOTER.". (1932, January 5). The West Australian(Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32379667
Ross Christensen, winning the scooter championship of Manly, during Manly Shopping Week. Scooter Champion. (1933, September 12). The Newcastle Sun(NSW : 1918 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165347831
The trend of seasonal games amongst boys has once again brought the scooter into prominence. During the next five or six weeks boys will be seen in ever increasing numbers in every suburb, gaily riding their scooters wherever a slight decline In the road can be found, quite regardless of the danger from traffic.
The R.'A.C.Q. appeals to motorists to keep a sharp look-out for these youthful "speed merchants," and to parents in every part of the city to warn their children of the danger at every street corner. SCOOTER SEASON. (1936, March 17). The Telegraph(Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 20 Edition: SECOND EDITION. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article182661064
How to do it: Two Versions
Feet to Centimetres conversion for Scooter below
1/4 Inch = 0.635 cm
Five-eighths of an inch + 1.5875cm
2 inches = 5.08 cm
2 ½ inches = 6.35 cm
3 ½ inches = 8.89 cm
3 ¾ inch = 9.525 cm
4 inches = 10.16 cm
4 ½ inches = 11.43cm
5 ½ inches = 13.97 cm
6 inches = 15.24
8 inches = 20.32 cm
12 inches = 30.48 cm
21 inches = 53.34 cm
24 inches = 60.96 cm
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