All Skate

February 28th, 2010

All Skate - Black And White

Never bother dad while he’s watching his figure skating.

(submitted by Claire)

77 Responses to “All Skate”

  1. Gogit says:

    “For ALL the skating lessons and outfits I’ve doled out, ONE of you kids better be the next Sonja Henie” (1930’s Olympic skater turned movie star for a time- sort of a Kristi Yamaguchi prototype).

  2. Rosario says:

    I don’t get it. Why is this awkward? They’re having fun together. It’s a lovely photo.

  3. Marie says:

    I love this family! They look very happy and fit. And they’re spending quality family-time together!

  4. ShannonRae says:

    In all seriousness,

    This is just a beautiful photograph.

  5. Marcianne says:

    I absolutely love this photo– nothing awkward about it.

  6. kim says:

    i love this one! so cute!

  7. Angela says:

    The Von Trapp Family Skaters:
    “So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!”

  8. Angela says:

    The Von Trapp Family Skaters…
    “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!”

  9. Nicole says:

    Wonder if this is how mom and dad met? It’s rather cute! And they seem genuinely happy. Well, maybe not Dad, who may be feeling a little shaky.

  10. Kitten says:

    This is a great picture. Judging from the girl’s skates and the fashion, it’s either the 50’s or the early ’60s. Ice skates came up higher then and the haircut of the youngest girl looks a lot like a popular “pixie” haircut of the late 50s early 60s. As for the pants, they could be regular pants, but I think they’re the now old-fashioned gaberdine pants men wore for skating. Did anyone notice that the younger sister fell, evidenced by the wet spot on her knee.

    Not awkward at all; just sweet.

  11. funkychick17 says:

    I totally agree that this is a cute photo and the first thing I thought was that the youngest girl looks like Ellen DG.

  12. Kate says:

    I like this! we used to skate as a family, not indoors in cute outfits, and my mom skates three times a week at age 66!

  13. durhay says:

    Here’s a family that owns a regulation size casserole dish.

  14. betsy jones says:

    I don’t care what anyone says–that’s a great looking family. Are they real? Not out of a Sears & Roebuck, are they?

  15. Bet says:

    Coming Friday to the Youngstown Civic Center – “Father Knows Best On Ice!” With Dick Button as Jim, Hays Jenkins as Bud….”

    (Joking aside, I think it’s adorable.)

  16. Leah says:

    The youngest girl looks like Ellen Degeneres.

  17. Carlos says:

    Does anyone know what the sweater that the dad is wearing is called? I’ve looked on vintage clothing sites and can’t find it. It’s from the early 60’s and it’s a striped cardigan I think. But I can’t find one online.

    • The Big Sister says:

      The sweater and all the girls wear were made by my mother…those were practice outfits…we had costumes for shows

      • glass cactus says:

        So you do know this looks adorable, right? What kind of shows did you do?

      • glass cactus says:

        Oooh — is the awkwardness that your feet are not in 3rd position like the rest of your family? 😉

        • pittipat says:

          Carlos, I have one… my brother’s, from the ’60s. I wore it in the 80s as vintage, but it’s pure wool & ITCHES like the devil! I will see if I can find it for you. 🙂

  18. Redmirchee says:

    Not awkward !
    Such a cute picture !

  19. brestugo says:

    If God intended for people to skate he would’ve…aw nevermind.

  20. Laurie says:

    And you know those outfits were handmade my mom herself!

  21. Strackdaddy says:

    When mom says it’s “All skate”, then everyone better get their skates on and look happy….. I bet she was Olympic back in her youth and living vicariously though her daughters……

  22. El & Mo says:

    Anyone notice it looks like little sis has a bloody knee?

    • Ananas says:

      That’s why big sis has the crown.

      I also love how Mom and Dad aren’t together…the son comes between them. It’s probably a height thing, but still…so old school 🙂

    • kdhg says:

      I thought maybe she fell or kneeled and got her knee wet……I hope it’s not blood and they took the pic without cleaning her up first.

      • Little Sister says:

        No it’s not blood. I was racing around the rink, even though mom gave strict instructions to stay quiet and clean (possibly related to Aunt Marnie) and I fell and got my tights wet. As usual I was in the dog house (and no longer a candidate for the tiarra). And it was several years later before I started flipping people off much to the horror of my mother.

  23. Rachelle says:


  24. Paula says:

    So perfect for the olympic closing time! I just love the rockin’ stems and figure on mom and the beautiful tiara on sister. Great photo!

  25. Linda says:

    I agree with everyone…this is super cute and sweet and not awkward. Our fam used to ice skate as a family every Friday night, back in the fifties.

  26. Alison says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who spotted Ellen!

  27. Trish says:

    If the person who submitted the photo thinks it’s awkward, let it go!
    Come on people!

    • glass cactus says:

      I’m betting they don’t think it’s awkward — that they thought it was so awesome they kind of wated to share it…and I’m glad they did. Very swet.

    • Ugh! says:

      This isn’t awkward. Nothing even remotely cringeworthy. If this was my family I’d buy myself a mantle to hang it over!

  28. Katrina says:

    I really do not see how this is awkward. It’s a family that figure skates?

  29. Joey says:

    My family used to roller skate on the weekends. It was a great family thing to do!

  30. Noneya says:

    This is so Ozzie and Harriet.

  31. GG says:

    I think the youngest girl looks like young Ellen Degeneres!! (:

  32. Kathleen Mooney says:

    I think this photo is a reminder of a better and much simpler time. Very sweet!

  33. Andi from NC says:

    This is so cute… All I to say to mom is….. wait for it….. She’s got LEEEGs! She knows how ta use them!!!! (In a Barbara Billingsley kind of way, course). And the dad is soooo Dick Button!

  34. hf says:

    i seem to have missed the awkwardness and detected only cute. it’s a nice picture

  35. SWMBO says:

    Gotta vote for sute on this one.

  36. paul says:

    I didn’t realize Ellen DeGeneres was a skating prodigy.

  37. JulyOwls says:

    I love this pic! It’s sweet in a very 50’s kind of way. And does anyone else think the youngest girl looks like a mini Ellen?

  38. Liz says:

    i don’t think this is funny. it’s cute.

  39. Lauren says:

    Adorable! Not awkward!

  40. KC says:

    I think this is a nice family photo. All I can say is after having three kids and still having a nice waist like moms-maybe I should take up skating!!

    • Boppie says:

      Skating/Rollerblading/rollerskating (for you oldschoolers out there) is the best exercise, period, because it’s cardio, forward movement and side to side movement all at the same time. [There’s an Olivia Newton-John Xanadu-Let’s Get Physical segue here, but I’m not up to it…]

    • Snowrider says:

      Wait a minute….what if that’s actually….oldest sister?

  41. mumma2bubba says:

    Wow, mom’s in good shape for having had 3 kids. MIL*!

  42. Uncuw Biww says:

    lol, this one’s actually kind of cute.

  43. pufinstuf says:

    What’s weird is that the girls/ladies are all in skating outfits while the guys are in just regular street clothes but with skates on.

    • El & Mo says:

      Yeah, you’re right. The fellas should wear fire and ice outfits like in Blades of Glory.

    • Michelle says:

      I don’t think those are normal pants. Check out the cuff…???…I could be wrong. It’s happened before. And I don’t know jack about staking.

      • hcw80 says:

        I think in the 60’s most men skated in outfits that looked close to street wear. The unitard and spangles have only come into being since the 80’s or so.

  44. jitterbug says:

    I think that is cute!

  45. Julie says:

    Notice, the youngest daughter is starting to give the bird? Maybe she is pissed she could’t wear a crown like her sister?!

  46. Scee says:

    I love this picture! How fun that they all went skating as a family – you don’t see families doing much together these days. This photo is awesome.

  47. Grant says:

    If everyone doesn’t complete their triple axles before dinner, nobody eats!

    • jenniep says:

      its quads now…………cant get a medal if you dont do a quad but you get the 2nd place tiara

      • shannon says:

        yeah…the little brother on the end that was forced in to the skirt fell while trying the quad. that’s why his knee is wet.

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