Smooth Moves of a 66-Year-Old Chinese Figure Skater

Jack Wilkes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Jack Wilkes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

In the forties during the winter, this bearded 66-year-old Chinese man named Wu Tang-shen used to skate on the ice pond near the Forbidden City in Beijing. In February of 1946 LIFE photographer Jack Wilkes discovered and photographed Mr. Wu while he was executed his pirouettes with the ease of an accomplished figure skater of the old school.

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