#TBT Cable Car on the Playground, San Francisco, c. 1950

There *once* was a decommissioned cable car for kids to play on at Golden Gate Park.  And I wish there still was!  “Real stuff”–train engines, fighter jets, and fire trucks–once provided imaginative play opportunities as well as local life context to playgrounds.  There’s no reason permanently parked items such as these can’t still be used in play spaces…it’s just fallen out of fashion and the grown-ups have forgotten how much fun it was.   Any ‘real stuff’ in the vintage playgrounds of your memories? [images from the san francisco public library, found via sanfranciscodays.  Unsure of the dates, but judging by the clothes and the Big Wheel you can see in the foreground of the second image, perhaps it was there from the 1950s to the 1970s.  If you know, please get in touch!]

4 Responses to “#TBT Cable Car on the Playground, San Francisco, c. 1950”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Agreed…early childhood spaces are really leading out in this area. And boats–discarded rowboats or canoes–are definitely one of the easiest ‘real’ items to install into a playscape.

    April 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

  2. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks for the info! My childhood zoo also had an old train car…far more fun than the boring manufactured equipment that replaced it.

    April 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

  3. s curtis said:

    It was definitely there into the 1970s – I remember playing on it. That old cable car, and the old train cars at the zoo, were two favorite parts of both those playgrounds.

    April 27, 2015 at 10:34 am

  4. Juliet@CreativeSTAR said:

    I do agree with you – this has gone out of fashion in public playspaces. However I see a lot of decommissioned items in early years outdoor spaces and school grounds. For example, old fishing boats and canoes. I’ve also seen mud kitchens made from old cots! These are more subtle than a cable car but are always very popular too.

    April 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

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