1980 J.C. Penney Christmas Catalog: Roller Derby Skates and Playsuits

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“Low cut” disco skates? A skate tote? That rules.

If you had to go to the grocery store today in one of these playsuits, which playsuit would it be? I’d take the space deal, obviously.

(Images from the deliciously nostalgic Wishbook Web.)

1 Response to “1980 J.C. Penney Christmas Catalog: Roller Derby Skates and Playsuits”


  1. 1 leftylimbo July 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    So many kids I knew (including myself) had #11 & 12 – the Roller Derby Fireball Sidewalk Skates. Of course I opted for the blue ones, but Fedco was always out of them, so in desperation to have skates of my own, I begged my dad to get me the white ones.

    They were a ton of fun while they lasted, but I could never understand why the wheels made so much noise, as compared to the whisper-quiet skates I saw people riding at Venice Beach (little did I know of the difference between the rock-hard urethane of the Fireball skates and the eraser-soft marshmallow wheels of Venice rollerskaters). My 6/7-yr.-old mind at the time deducted that it must’ve been the wheel bearings, so I was squirting my dad’s Zip oil into them religiously on a daily basis.


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