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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Swing Set: 1922

Swing Set: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Fair Bros. playground." The Little Rascals. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

This is the beginners class

As is clearly indicated by the use of lacing cards. The advanced class on the other side of the playground gets pot holder looms.

Yarn cards

Tterrace, we called them "lacing cards" back in the late 50s.

[That kind of rings a bell, thanks. - tterrace]

Der Bingle

Somehow I expect Bing Crosby to show up and sing, "Would You Like to Swing on a Star?"

Unhappy Girl

Just to the right of Pigtail Girl.

She looks like she just sat down on someones Peanut Butter Sandwich but she can't move until the picture is taken.

String and card

That string and card thing has stirred up some ancient childhood memories, buried since... well, childhood. I remember using various colors of knitting yarn and winding up with a rudimentary needlepointy kind of thing. Sort of the equivalent of paint-by-numbers; presumably there was a name for it. So glad the exposure caught the kid on the swing; brings the scene even more to life. The ones looking back at the camera help, too, as well as the look of genuine delight on the face of the teacher (keeper?).

 
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