A Vintage Playground Slide Mystery – can you help?

Reader Sarah has also gotten in touch, hoping someone can help her with the history of her vintage wooden slide.  She acquired it from an antiques dealer in Venice, CA, and it took up residence first in the lobby of her marketing office and then in her home.  It’s by the Hill-Standard Company of Anderson, IN, “Recreation Engineers” who were makers of the Fun-ful slides previously featured on the blog.  Sarah’s slide was most likely made around the turn of the century, since it is wood with wrought iron hand guides and by 1915-1920 Hill-Standard’s trade ads show only metal slides.  They seem to have gone under as a result of the Great Depression, though their gorgeous and long-lasting slides still stand at some playgrounds today (witness the Riverside Park playground in Independence Kansas).

So  leave a comment if you can provide any information about Sarah’s slide, or Hill-Standard, OR if you know of a vintage Fun-ful slide that we need to record in order to help preserve it.  I’ve heard of one of these being torn out just recently, for *safety* considerations of course.  That’s just dumb.  And historically ignorant.

Sarah is also looking for a museum who might give her wooden slide a new home!  Leave a comment if you’re a candidate, and I’ll put you in touch.


3 Responses to “A Vintage Playground Slide Mystery – can you help?”

  1. Sarah O'Leary said:

    Thank you Paige and Meg! I would love to hear more about the slide. The National History Museum doesn’t even have records of slides dating back as far as my slide, and have sent me to the University of Chicago and University of Oregon libraries among other places. I’d love to get to the bottom of this interesting mystery. Thanks again!

    November 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  2. Paige Johnson said:

    Do send Meg! Was it originally outside?

    November 07, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  3. Meg Wise said:

    Hi Paige,
    Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia has a slide like this! It’s not in use now (or in great shape), and we would love to restore it. I can send you a pic of its current state, and one of the slide in use in the 1930s if you like. Thanks! Meg

    November 06, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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