Wanted: home for world's greatest collection of ice show artifacts


Surely it would be folly to let this capade slip away.

An 83-year-old man whose Minneapolis photography studio contains the largest known collection of memorabilia from ice skating shows hopes to find a new caretaker for his 26,000 items.

Roy Blakey tells the New York Times he's trying to convince a museum, library, or school to take the assortment of costumes, skates, posters, programs and other artifacts, some of which are more than a century old.

Blakey's website offers an overview of what he calls his Ice Stage Archive. Blakey, who skated professionally for 15 years, describes there how a native of the Oklahoma dust bowl days became fascinated by the spectacle of Sonja Henie sparkling and swirling across the big screen in the 1940's.

The Times reports Blakey has spent thousands for a pair of Henie's skates to add to a collection that's been growing for nearly 70 years. A documentary film produced by his niece, Keri Pickett, pays homage to Blakey's collection and to the golden age of shows such as the Ice Follies and Ice Capades.

The movie, which is called The Fabulous Ice Age, was named "Best of the Fest" at last spring's Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the Pioneer Press reported.

Blakey spoke with MPR then about the documentary and his experiences with ice shows.

The Fabulous Ice Age will also be part of the upcoming Edina Film Festival, which runs Nov. 6th through 9th.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 12.27.04 PM

Man's vehicles crushed by hit-and-run driver weren't fully insured

The goal is to raise $25,000 to help the south Minneapolis resident.

Joe Biden

Key points from Joe Biden's first speech as POTUS

The 46th president called for unity at a time America is facing huge challenges.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 20

The 111 ICU patients is the fewest in Minnesota since there were 109 COVID patients in intensive care on Oct. 1.


Here's what Amy Klobuchar said at Joe Biden's inauguration

The Minnesota senator was one of the leader organizers of the inauguration.

covid-19, vaccine

All of this week's COVID vaccine pilot program appointments are filled

Nearly 6,000 Minnesotans who are 65 and older registered for appointments between noon Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Lane kueng thao chauvin

Osterholm affidavit ahead of George Floyd trial warns of COVID worsening in March

Prosecutors want to delay the Chauvin trial due to a public health threat.

WCCO-AM's Sheletta Brundidge talks with Lil Nas X

830-WCCO host calls for Dave Lee's replacement to be person of color

WCCO-AM has not had a person of color as a weekday daytime host in its history.

Screen Shot 2021-01-20 at 8.57.50 AM

Harmful grass fly larvae found in shipment to International Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials safeguarded the shipment until the threat could be mitigated.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota high schoolers will be reimbursed for canceled European trips

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced a settlement with the travel company Friday.

Donald Trump

Trump pardons Minnesota man convicted on drug charge in 1992

John Harold Wall was among the 143 people granted clemency in one of Trump's final acts as president.