SeeSaw Playground, Korea, 1931

[Beautiful vintage photo from National Geographic, by W. Robert Moore, of play in Korean c. 1931]

We have come to think of a seesaw as something to sit on. But this form, seen not just in the Orient but also in Victorian playspaces, is really about jumping. Its low profile to the ground removes some of the safety concerns that have grown up around ‘seated’ seesaws, and I’d like to see playmakers thinking about using these jumping boards more often.

4 Responses to “SeeSaw Playground, Korea, 1931”

  1. Vintage Playground Stamps | Playscapes said:

    […] children are portrayed in dates from 1948 to 2000.  Note that the stamp from Korea depicts the same jumping board see in this image from 1931.  See all the stamps on his blog (in Ukrainian, but google translate did a good job).  Do you […]

    November 04, 2013 at 11:00 am

  2. Major Fun said:

    thanks, Jay, for the insight about the blankets. I was wondering what their impact would be. it makes it so much more if an invitation to play.

    March 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

  3. Jay Beckwith said:

    Looks like they are using a stack of blankets as the fulcrum. This would act to deaden the force applied to the standing player and make the event both softer and safer than a rigid fulcrum.

    March 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  4. Major Fun said:

    fantastic photo! captures the very spirit of extreme see-sawing!

    March 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

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