Play History


#TBT Vintage Elephant Slides of Taiwan

For Throwback Thursday, thanks to reader Mannie Ko for letting me know about this facebook page dedicated to chronicling the vintage playground elephants of Taiwan.  It’s great to see that these are beloved and being preserved by their communities.  I do love a playground elephant (see several previous posts on them here).  Delightful!


The Nature of Nature, by Susan Solo...

Paige’s Note: As I’m working to close an investment deal at the moment, I’m reminded of how great it is - Read the rest...

#TBT Recreating a vintage Polish Pl...

For #TBT I was excited to learn that the midcentury “Indian Playground” constructed for a Polish high-rise housing estate was - Read the rest...

#TBT Cable Car on the Playground, ...

There *once* was a decommissioned cable car for kids to play on at Golden Gate Park. And I wish there - Read the rest...

Happy Birthday Aldo! Happy Birthda...

A bit belatedly because of my fiendish travel schedule, Happy Birthday to Aldo van Eyck (March 16) who would be - Read the rest...

More about Playground Ruins

In continuing to think about ruins on playgrounds I came across this delightful example in Kastryčnicki, Svietlahorsk, Belarus, as photographed by - Read the rest...

#TBT Marilyn Monroe on the Playgrou...

For #TBT my friend Chris sent me this amazing photo of Marilyn Monroe on a playground merry-go-round, reading Ulysses. - Read the rest...

Donne Buck Archive of Play and Pla...

Very pleased to receive word that the Donne Buck Archive of Play and Playgrounds, a collection largely about the adventure playground - Read the rest...

Artistry and Adventure, Aldo and Th...

One of the really interesting things to me about the contributions of Aldo van Eyck and Theodor Sørensen is that they - Read the rest...

Vintage Teacup Playground, Singapor...

Throwback Thursday…amongst all the great imagery of vintage Singapore playgrounds I’d never seen this unique space celebrating ‘high tea’, photographed - Read the rest...

Star Wars "Return of the Jedi" Back...

I’m fascinated by the “4-sound electric console” (wow! 4 whole sounds!) of this 1984 “Return of the Jedi” Star Wars - Read the rest...

Ashland, Massachusetts Stone Park V...

And the winner is…Rich! Get in touch with me arcady at cox dot net with your address and I’ll send - Read the rest...

Singapore's Vintage Mosaic Playgrou...

Throwback Thursday…I’ve featured the vintage mosaic playgrounds of Singapore before and the most comprehensive archive of these great spaces is - Read the rest...

Playground History at the Design Mu...

Design Museum Holon will be featuring an exhibit on Playgrounds in Israel past and present until June 7. ““In the - Read the rest...

Boston Playground History

Very pleased to contribute to How the American Playground was born in Boston, Ruth Graham’s article in the Boston Globe this - Read the rest...

A brief history of the word 'Playsc...

Now that I have vanquished some Dragons of Science let’s get back to Aldo and the blog birthday! I am - Read the rest...

Adventure Playground Videos, London...

Staying in London, don’t miss the wonderful videos of adventure play, both modern and contemporary, that the great organization London - Read the rest...

Playground Rock Star (Dude, '72), M...

Throwback Thursday…photographer Mick Rock’s shot of a kid cardboard guitarist in an adventure playground was the original cover photo for the Mott - Read the rest...

Superman Bizarro World Playground, ...

Where everything runs in reverse…the bizarro world playground from a 1972 concept for a Superman theme park by illustrator Neil - Read the rest...

The Militant Playgrounds of North K...

Children’s playgrounds unwittingly encapsulate the cultural concerns of the adult world; the most prominent contemporary example being the expression of - Read the rest...

Vintage Playground Stamps

Ukrainian reader Andrey has assembled a delightful collection of playground stamps from across the world; it’s interesting to see how - Read the rest...

Carnivals and Playgrounds

Lovely overlaps between carnivals and playgrounds at the recent Fete Paradiso on Governor’s Island in NYC...bicycle powered carousels and dreamy rowboat - Read the rest...