Oakland’s Depression Era Roller Derby Scene

As an Oakland Outlaws fan and a lover of vintage ephemera, I have no choice but to reblog this incredibly cool Los Peep collection of Oakland’s 1930s Roller Derby scene.

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Here are a few images from a tattered 1930s scrapbook documenting a roller derby event in Oakland, California. Derbyists include Mary Youpelee (a “full-blooded Indian princess”), Ivy King (aka “Poison” Ivy), Ma Bogash and her son Bill, Grace Freid, Hazel Roop, and Honey Thomas. Also, fan W.C. Fields. You’ll find the entire scrapbook in pdf facsimile at the bottom of this post. Now move outta the damn way, Ma, before I knock you on your keester!



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