My hunt for
antique vintage skateboards has turned up this gem! Another great find in the numbered series from Roller Derby. The Roller Derby DELUXE #20. In the 1960’s they manufactured skateboards in southern Illinois. This makes the estate sales from these parts pretty fruitful in finding decent condition skateboards.
The trucks from that era are always a mystery. They are square with a lot of empty space. Instead of squaring it off with an extra piece of hardware each, they just bolt on the play with two in the back, one in the front and middle. Its as if the manufactures actually calculated the savings of two whole screws and left them out.
Both of these skateboards are Etsy finds. Scrounging the vintage section seams to be where its at. Then again, those crafty folks may be tampering and or reconditioning the boards. Check out the hardware on the #10, philips head where not the typical hardware you would find on decks at the time. The paint is also pretty clean as are the steel wheels. Both I’ve skated on just a bit around the apartment and the conclusion is the same, any kid bombing hills with either deck back in the day had a mild to severe deathwish. Brutal!