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Teeter Tot: 1937

Teeter Tot: 1937

May 1937. "One of Max Sparks' children playing on homemade teeter-totter near Long Lake, Wisconsin." Medium format negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Life before computer games

When I was a kid in the early 70s, our teeter-totter was a 55 gallon drum with a 1 x 6 board. It worked great until the barrel, or board, or both, started moving. Still good clean fun for kids in the country. And if we got tired of that, we would take the board off and see how long we could "walk" the drum, log-rolling style.

Been there 50+ years ago

My Grampa and my Dad built a cottage on Long Lake back in the '30s. As a youngster, we'd be packed off to visit with the grandparents a few kids at a time. Wonder how they put up with us monsters at their age. Always sweeping sand out of the kitchen and dining area and off the porch.
They must have been saints.


Cherry bumps* would really hurt on that teeter-totter.

* The effect produced when the tot going down hits the ground hard, causing a shock wave to bounce the kid on the high end rather violently.

What's in a name?

In my part of the world we know this apparatus as a SEESAW. However I am familiar with Tetter Tot thanks to an episode of the Brady bunch. Was it not Cindy that wished to set a tetter tot record?

[Cindy was tetter, but Marcia was tettest. - Dave]

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Drop the boulder!!

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