The old rusted tray

Le vieux plateau rouillé.
The old rusted tray

English version below the pictures

   Depuis Mars  2006  J’ai toujours ce vieux plateau rouillé fièrement exposé dans mon bureau au sommet d’une étagère. Je l’ai trouvé lors du déménagement de mon beau-père en 2006. Il allait être jeté  à la benne à déchets. Mais soudain je me dis ” arrête et regarde l ‘ image ! ” En effet le plateau qui pouvait avoir 40 ans était décoré d ‘ une vieille publicité anglaise pour un marchand de cycles patins ancêtres de nos patins à roulettes .

   Quel âge avait cette publicité ? Selon les habits de la femme cela datait nécessairement d ‘ avant 1914 puisque la jupe était longue . Et le complet de l ‘ homme devait dater de cette époque . Je dus faire quelques recherches sur l ‘ histoire de la mode féminine depuis le XIXème siècle jusque 2006 !!! Cela va avec l ‘ évolution des droits de la femme . Avant 1914 les femmes ne pouvaient pratique que quelques sports dont le patinage sur route ! Ainsi , vous le voyez , ce plateau était une vraie leçon d ‘ histoire ! Et je ne parle pas du paysage de l’image  lequel serait à étudier de près ..

  Je ne suis pas sûr que la Maison Ritter existe encore rue d ‘ Oxford à Londres . Peut – être ? ? Peut – être quelques uns de mes lecteurs peuvent vérifier . J ‘ ai découvert que de nos jours la plupart des patins à roulettes sont fabriqués à Taiwan et en Inde . Mais je crois que le nom de Ritter a encore quelque chose à voir avec patins à roulettes et planches à roulettes . Ne serait – il pas merveilleux que la manufacture existe encore ? Vous serait – il possible de vérifier ?

   Et regardons mieux  cet équipement ! C ‘ était déjà des patins à deux roues en ligne avec semelle , chaussures spéciales et lanières fixant solidement l ‘ ensemble . Vous remarquerez que ces deux Anglais étaient parfaitement équipés ( comme toujours !! )    Pauvre femme comme elle devait suer sous ces vêtements ! Et l ‘ homme aussi ! mais quelle élégance ! Typiquement vieille mode britannique ! Il semble que l ‘ homme regarde sa partenaire avec des yeux amoureux ? Non ? Avec un air conquérant et attentif ? La dame tourne la tête d ‘ un air timide . Oserai -je dire qu ‘ elle pense que faire du patinage est le meilleur moyen de tomber ……..amoureux !!  🙂

At the top of the shelve the old rusted tray . Au sommet de l’ étagère :le vieux plateau rouillé
the old rusted tray . Le vieux plateau rouillé

Since March 2006 I still have proudly exhibited in my personal office at the top of a shelve this old rusty tray. I found it during the move of my father in Law. It was going to be thrown in the bin. But suddenly I told myself: ” stop and look at the picture ! ” Indeed the tray was about 40 years old but the decoration was an old English advertising for a seller of road skates (skates- cycles ) ancestors of our roller skates .

How old this advertising was ? According the clothes of the woman it was necessary before 1914 since the skirt was long . And for the man the suit could be from this time. I had to do some research of the history of the feminine fashion since the XIX th century until 2006!!! This goes with the evolution of the woman rights . Before 1914 women were allowed to practice a few sports only whom road skating. So, you see , this tray was a true lesson of history ! And I don’t speak of the landscape on the picture  which would be to study closer .

  I am not sure the House Ritter still does exist 271 Oxford street  in London . Perhaps ??? Perhaps some of my readers may check it . I find out most of rollers nowadays are made in Taiwan or India . But I believe the name Ritter has still something to do with rollers skating or boarding . Would not be wonderful the manufactory still exist ? Please could you verify .

   And look at the equipment . It was already 2 wheels inline with sole and wheels ,special shoes and thongs to firmly hold the all . You will remark those British people are perfectly outfitted ( as always ) .    Poor woman she must sweat a lot under her clothes ! And the man too !! But what a elegance .!! Typically old British fashionable . It seems the man looks at his partner with loving eyes . Don’t he ? With a swaggering and attentive air ? The lady turns her head and looks shy . Dare I say she thinks skating is the better mean to fall … love !  🙂


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98 Responses to The old rusted tray

  1. I used to have some old skates with wooden wheels. They would not have lasted long on the road.

  2. guestbrief says:

    So according to a Science museum information: “Pair of Ritter road skates with rubber tyred wheels and fitted with jointed leg supports, made by D.Napier and Son, c. 1896. Previously skating was restricted to ice-skating. Road skates made skating possible at all times of year and on road. The Ritter brochure boasts that its skates were being used by London’s District Messenger Service, proof of their convenience and ease compared to their biggest rival – the bicycle. The Ritter Road Skates design simply look like mini bicycles and have a resemblance to modern in-line skates. They are arguably more convenient than the modern boot skates, only needing to be attached to the shoe rather than replacing the shoe, however this design made them slightly less stable than modern designs.”

    So they are victorian era skates. How interesting! ❤

  3. mrswrangler says:

    An intresting piece.

  4. OH wow what a wonderful history less it is indeed for you! Lovely share Michel ❤

  5. Maggie Clark says:

    Beautiful part of history! Thanks for sharing that my friend !!!

  6. puffpop says:

    I do love that picture. And, I have often thought of that clothing…Everyone is all covered up and a lot of buttons to be buttoned and ties to be tied. They look bound. It must have taken a long time to dress in those days. And no matter how hot it would be , every inch of their body is covered And I do doubt that people showered and bathed as frequently as what we do today. Maybe that’s why they doused themselves with powders and perfumes. It would not be easy to balance on those skates…They appear to enjoy peacefully gliding along together.

    I see that you kept all of your old science books. Science changes rapidly and by now they are probably out of date. We changed the science books frequently when I worked in the library. Unlike History, science changes.

    • I like ,Françoise, your analysis about the clothing at ths ancient time ! 🙂 In my own clothing I should have something old too ! 🙂
      You are right about the sciences books .They are for me a good ressource when my memorie becomes down ! ❤

  7. What a wonderful post! I love the study of history and culture.

  8. blb1 says:

    I have never seen such skates. Love old trays, I have a reproduction one think it is Coca Cola I’m to lazy to go look. I just like the Victorian look. I have a couple metal trays that were Wil’s sister’s with flowers on them. At one time trays were popular and along came TV trays. Still have 2 of them.

  9. You have an eye for the “special” things Michel. It’s wonderful how we can find the most intriguing and exciting items among castaways. This is truly a great find. I hope you find out if the manufacturer still exists, if you do please let us know! Love, ❤

  10. murisopsis says:

    I love the style of the illustration and also the blushing lady. Perhaps he has just suggested that she is the perfect partner… Although the tray is interesting I’m curious about the very large snake skin displayed next to it!!

    • This snakeskin ( after sloughing )is on the top of my shelf for about 30 years This skin of Python has been back from Africa by a friend.
      You have a good eye , Val . Bravo!

  11. Lavinia Ross says:

    It is always interesting to find these bits of history, Michel. My parents had an old tray with palm trees on it. I still remember it from my youth. I am always reminded of how quickly time passes!

  12. OH, such a beautiful tray! The couple looks like they are making a loving, wonderful memory! 🙂
    I’m so glad you have enjoyed the tray for so long, Michel!
    Thank you for sharing it with us…and the history you shared, too!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…I’m, also, interesting in the items on each side of the tray! 😮 🙂

  13. suester7 says:

    This is a very interesting post! Thank you for sharing it!

    What is that black round thing around her wrist? Is it to cushion her fall?

  14. weggieboy says: Here’s another bit of information about the road skates…
    For the full review of one man’s experience (at the time they wwere first commerically available) trying to navigate using these skates, go to this link:

  15. Susan Joos says:

    This is an amazing thing to own – I have never seen anything like those skates. I did a google search of the address, let me see if it will paste what I found: A search of the business history might be interesting, too, but I will be late for work if I don’t get going! Will be interested to see what you find out!

  16. What a beautiful tray! Your post makes me want to look more deeply at the wonderful illustration. I’m glad you saved it from the bin, Michel. The colors and subject matter are stunning, especially after such a long time.


  17. Tell us about that snake skin! (Mrs.Grovine)

    • The snake skin , Mrs Grovine ,have been given to me 30 years ago by a friend who came back from Africa . The snake should be a python but I am not sure .
      All the best

  18. sweet, michel 🙂
    i still have my roller skates from when i was young, but never did get roller blades – these look like roller blades/inline skates {}

  19. Michel, what a wonderful interesting post. I too, am drawn to the old pictures depicting how people lived many years ago. The history given about the tray and who made it, etc. was fascinating. Thank you for an interesting bright spot in my day……..<3 Marilyn

  20. Anne-Marie says:

    Très intéressant post et j’allais aussi poser la question du serpent … 🙂 Etant née dans l’année du serpent selon le calendrier chinois… Sinon, il y a aussi d’intéressants livres sur ton image, des sciences qui traversent les âges.

    Amitiés de Suisse, AM

    Ritter chez nous est une fameuse marque de chocolats, et aussi le nom d’une maison de retraite dans le lieu où nous habitons. Tout cela en compléments des patins à roulettes et de l’élégance des patineurs.

  21. debilorraine says:

    Fun post! Those skates do look like tiny bicycles!

    When I was young, I had a pair of ice skates that strapped onto my boots. They were beginner skates, with four small blades where wheels would be. After we moved to sunny southern California, I had no use for them.

    Is that snake skin fragile?

  22. I LOVE your tray. And, yes, there is definitely romance there.

  23. cocosangel says:

    Very interesting Michel

  24. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    This is a really interesting find, Michel, and I admire your meticulous observations, from the roller skates themselves to the fashion, the interaction between the couple to the surrounding landscapes. I think you are right about the era of the fashion, but not sure if they were sweating… after all, it must have been quite chilly? But I can’t imagine a place in England being cold enough to have ice for skating. Perhaps I’m wrong. Or perhaps this is a colder country? The roller bladers were definitely very advanced for their time and remind me of today’s rollerbladers. I’m glad you didn’t throw away the tray. A real piece of history right there!

    • No, Louisa, in England it was not cold enough and at this time ( 1900) only road skate was used . Yes the decor of the tray recall the way of life at the end of the XIX century and beginning of the XX th. ❤

  25. Angela Im says:

    Oh I love reading your blogs since they’re always educational, fun and interesting to read! Thank you. If and when we return to London we will have to check out 271 Oxford Street to see if it’s still House Ritter! With lots of love ❤️ Angela

  26. Julie says:

    What a lovely thing to keep for all those years 🙂 🙂 It must have been difficult to skate in those lovely and elegant clothes

  27. TREASURES are found in the strangest places ❤ Love to you and Janine ❤

  28. Zakiah says:

    How beautiful this post is , and what beautiful memories it evokes. I am a sucker for old things too Michel, and I loved seeing this tray the young couple holding hands and the roller skates. The couple has such obvious feelings of passion on their faces. Love the post, love the author. Thank you for sharing such a sweet memento with us.

  29. Linda G Garrett says:

    I love the picture …..and history….and old rusty trays. I had some Coca-Cola trays that were from back in time. I see the lady in your tray has a muff. I carried a white furry one when I was a child.

  30. Larry says:

    What a wonderful find, Michel, I’m pleased that you kept this treasure rather than throwing it away! A nice piece of history. It’s interesting to see how the people lived – and dressed! – back then!……also, thanks so much for the kind birthday wishes, I do appreciate it! Cheers, my friend!

  31. Barbara Lenhard says:

    That was a wonderful find. It is so nostalgic. Hope all is well with you and your family’s, Michel 💕💕

  32. calmkate says:

    love the old history and the story behind your find, you tell it with relish and flare Michel … so sweet 🙂

  33. cjjustice1 says:

    This was such an interesting post, Michel, and as always I learned a lot about culture – from an earlier time period, and in a different place in the world. I learned even more after reading further on to some of your commenters added information.
    I read your comment just above, and you say that you are doing well. That makes me so very happy to hear that!
    Love ❤

  34. krc says:

    interesting details of this decor piece

  35. marica0701 says:

    I love antique advertisements, and the old fashions. I follow a number of ladies who reproduce these old styles (between the late 1700s to early 1900s) and they’ve repeatedly mentioned that they’re comfortable despite the layers and undergarments. It’s mostly about the natural fabrics that had been used.

    Great tray!

  36. So glad you kept this old tray, Michel! Thanks for sharing.

  37. Catherine Lee says:

    I love your writing! I love looking at antiques and wonder about the world and time they were ‘born in’.

  38. nhislop says:

    I think I have seen a post about this tray before but I am not sure it was this poet. What a wonderful thing to have! An antique tray that inspires your imagination and your curiosity!

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