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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Whee II

Whee II

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Montessori School." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

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String of Perils

Yes it's amazing how many things we did as kids that are now banned as too dangerous. The recent concern about lead paint on imported toys makes me think about the fact that lead paint was everywhere when I was a kid -- and I'm sure on my toys as well. And many things I've worked with over the years are now banned as well. I just didn't know what a dangerous life I was living!


You know, I don't remember anyone being killed, maimed or permanently damaged on playground equipment at home (on homemade teeter totter much like the one pictured), at school or at a public playground. A very few broken arms and that was it. Because of the intervening Great Depression and World War II, much of our equipment was from the late 1920s or earlier.


Yep it was very dangerous having fun!!


How did they ever survive with such dangerous playgrounds.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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