1900-1950


Early Edible Schoolyards and Loose ...

I don’t talk much about the Edible Schoolyard movement on the blog, thought it has obvious and strong overlaps with - Read the rest...

Playground Preservation, cont'd: Th...

Thanks for your patience while I’ve had to devote myself to science for a bit! But now back to playgrounds, and - Read the rest...

Loose parts on the Playground, Now ...

During London Open for Play, I photographed (again!) the wooden blocks for construction play at the Kate Greenaway Nursery playscape. - Read the rest...

The 38-children-a-minute Playground...

That’s some fast slidin’….even for a “merry health giving exercise”! Found at the Kansas Memory Project; the slide was produced - Read the rest...

Playgrounds at MoMA's Century of th...

The MoMA playground symposium is now sold out, but if you can’t be with us take a look at the - Read the rest...

Backyard Sandbox, 1922, Frances Ben...

Longtime Playscapes readers know that the playground began with the sandbox. This historic example (1922) of a backyard sandpit is - Read the rest...

World's First Playground Slide, say...

The Daily Mail and BBC have published these fascinating vintage photos (copyright Geoff Robinson) of a slide installed in Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire in - Read the rest...

Vintage Seaside Playgrounds in Tasm...

From the Latrobe photographic collection in the archives of the National Trust of Tasmania (Australia), a giant self-constructed seesaw and - Read the rest...

"Surfacing guidelines? We don't nee...

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1940 Image and caption submitted by reader Peter Hoh…thanks Peter! [original source]

Playground Dollhouse, c. 1910

a beauty from the archives of the Library of Congress.

Atomic Culture on the Playground, 1...

“For years the playground in Washington Square has resounded to the high-strung anh-anh-anh of machine guns and the long-drawn-out - Read the rest...

Vintage Chicago Playground Slide, V...

From the recently discovered photograph archives of Vivian Maier, a street photographer c. 1950-1990. See more at John Malloof’s blog, - Read the rest...

The Animal Court at the Jane Addams...

The Jane Addams Homes were a 1930s demonstration project of the Public Works Administration Act, drafted to alleviate the unemployment of the - Read the rest...

Back to Reality

So, the million-dollar-microscope has achieved sub-nanometer resolution (hooray! hats-in-air!) so I will hopefully be back to blogging more regularly. And flight cancellations from - Read the rest...

Tsarevitch Slide, Tsarskoye Selo, c...

The nursery slide of the young Tsar Alexei, at Alexander Palace in Tsarkoye Selo, a summer residence of the Romanovs and - Read the rest...

Let's Play by the Gearhearts

Another nice book for Christmas giving–play related though not specifically playground related–is Let’s Play, a historic book being published by - Read the rest...

Coney Island Playground Slide 1905

  The ‘Helter Skelter’. From my files, original source unknown, enlighten me if you know it!

Riverside Park playground, Independ...

One of those places is Riverside Park in Independence Kansas. They must take good care of things in Independence, because - Read the rest...

FUN-FUL playground equipment, 1925

  On-line at the Smithsonian is the 1925 equipment catalog from the Fun-ful company, especially noted for their slides, some - Read the rest...

Register at Your Playground Now, 19...

  WPA poster, 1936, from the American Memory project at the Library of Congress.

Rings and Poles, Bronx Park, c. 191...

Look how high! From the Library of Congress, also via flickr commons.