Ice Skates, used by Sonja Henie

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Description (Brief)
Ice skates signed and worn by Sonja Henie (1912-1969.) The skate boots were hand made for Henie by noted craftsman Gustavo Stanzione. They are signed by Henie in blue ink, and are marked "SONJA" on the blades.
Henie was instrumental in popularizing the sport of figure skating, using an impressive array of spins and jumps to win three Olympic gold medals for her homeland of Norway (1928, 2932, 1936.) Wearing short skirts and white skates, she brough increased theatricallity and style to competition. Strikingly photogenic, Henie starred in ten Hollywood films, beginning with 1936's "One in a Million." She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941.
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
ca 1930-1950
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accession number
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Henie, Sonja
Ice Skating
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
steel (overall material)
white (overall color)
grey (overall color)
overall: 11 in x 4 in x 12 in; 27.94 cm x 10.16 cm x 30.48 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
ice skates
ice skates, pair of