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Playtime: 1920

Playtime: 1920

Children at play circa 1920 as captured by the pioneering news photographer and society portraitist Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942). View full size. In 2000 the New York Times reviewed a retrospective of her work: "One of the reasons so few women entered the profession was that equipment was so heavy. Beals carried an 8-by-10 view camera, glass plates and a tripod, close to 50 pounds of paraphernalia. (She was further encumbered by a whalebone corset and a hat the size of a flying saucer.) Still, when a judge in a murder trial locked the photographers out, she climbed a tall bookcase up to a transom window, snapped a picture before she was detected and had a five-column front-page photograph."



what a great wagon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing how toys have changed

If you buy kids toys these days, you go to 'toys are for our profits'

We played in the dirt and created our own toys.

Except for the kid on the right, these kids look entertained playing in the dirt and gravel.

Now 87 years later, my 2-year-old granddaughter would rather play in the dirt than with all those toys we buy her.


THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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