Mid-Century Modern


Vintage Double Slide, Ayacucho Peru

Vintage playground equipment survives most often in out of the way places…this beauty of a globe climber with attached double - Read the rest...

Jim Miller-Melberg Playground Turtl...

For more of Jim Miller-Melberg’s playground sculptures, see also a flickr set of his turtles, which also includes some saddle - Read the rest...

The Playgrounds of Jim Miller-Melbe...

“I am a sculptor. I have been making play sculptures since 1958. I do not design down to children. - Read the rest...

Elmer Petersen Playground Sculpture...

(This is what was supposed to come out yesterday…late TBT!) In the 1970s, before the playground manufacturers became so dominant, - Read the rest...

Neskowin Valley School Playground, ...

A classic self-built seventies playscape at Neskowin Valley School on the Oregon coast c. 1979: tall swings, a climbing platform, - Read the rest...

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam's early cr...

For TBT, thanks to crochetconcupiscence for unearthing these images of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s early work, as published in 1972 in The - Read the rest...

Rooftop Playgrounds to combat 'Teen...

Before we leave our brief excursion into rooftop playgrounds, take a thoughtful look at the 1957 proposal from Mechanix Illustrated - Read the rest...

Emporium Roof Slide, San Francisco,...

San Francisco’s Emporium department store, built in 1896, featured an assortment of rooftop entertainments from the 1940s through the 1980s. - Read the rest...

Return Journey, Randy Walker, Minne...

According to Forecast Public Art, Return Journey “started out as a community-initiated project to help a neighborhood keep a cherished icon - Read the rest...

Rocket Ship Playground, George W. N...

Throwback Thursday…thanks to reader Yischon for sending a photo of the ‘Lunar Command Module’ at George W. Nebinger School in Philadelphia! - Read the rest...

1950s Vintage Havana, Cuba Playgrou...

For throwback Thursday, images of a delightful vintage playground in Havana, Cuba; left, like the city’s automobiles, virtually unchanged since - Read the rest...

Aldo van Eyck's Playground Plans

Did you know Aldo van Eyck used children’s crayons to color in his playground plans? So nice. This is the - Read the rest...

Hexapod, Found!

One of the pieces Garret Eckbo installed in that first ‘playscape’ was the Hexapod, designed by Robert Winston for Creative - Read the rest...

Modernist Playground, 1969

1969 photo by Henk Hilterman of a modernist building and hexagonal play pieces…site and designer unknown. Great juxtaposition of - Read the rest...

Joseph Brown's Frustrating Playgrou...

In preparing for our upcoming focus on risk here at Playscapes (in conversation with the great Tim Gill, over at RethinkingChildhood), - Read the rest...

Gritty Elephant

Longtime reader Oleg also sent this grittier elephant slide example from Bryansk city, Russian Federation…thanks Oleg and Pavel!

Ilse also has her own site devoted to vintage playground spring riders…it’s quite comprehensive, with information on manufacturers and loads - Read the rest...

See also another great vintage elephant slide from reader Ilse, who grew up with a similar slide near her grandmother’s - Read the rest...

Stephen Wise Towers Playground, Con...

Artist Constantino Nivola sand-cast enormous sculptures for the likes of Olivetti and Yale. And, he made a playground… “The sculptural - Read the rest...

The Old NYU playground, c. 1970

“Before downtown playgrounds became overcrowded, superstar architect-designed, paparazzi magnets, we had the NYU playground (I don’t know if it had - Read the rest...

Bruise-Proofing your Playground, 19...

  David Aaron features in this September 1963 article by Morton Golding in Popular Mechanics, whose rather sensationalistic treatment of - Read the rest...