I was pleased to provide a back cover endorsement (first time I’ve gotten to do that!) for Brenda Biondo’s beautiful new book Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975. It combines her own photography of vintage playgrounds going, going, and gone along with period imagery from postcards and equipment catalogs. History tells us who we were, and illuminates who we are now. According to Brenda, many of the playgrounds she photographed just a few years ago are already gone. So don’t miss the rocket ships, super slides and miracle whirls that live on forever in this book.
Thanks to Tom at UPNE for providing a copy to give away to you, readers! Just leave a comment about vintage playgrounds (maybe even a memory or the location of one you know and love?) attached to this post and this time next week I’ll pick one at random to receive the book.