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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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Downhill Racer: 1952

Downhill Racer: 1952

"Stephen at Spring Hill, 1952." Picking up where we left off with the young man last seen here, before your webmaster moved cross-country and lost track of/completely forgot about this batch of ancient Kodachromes. View full size.

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Kansas Park in Summer

Oh yes!! I have had the joy of sliding down one of those slides in the middle of summer in Kansas. Bread used to come in waxed paper covering instead of plastic. That waxed paper was perfect for making the slide extremely slick in hot weather and we kids would take a couple of bread wrappers with us when going to the park. Slide down a couple of times sitting on that waxed paper really made that thing slick. Sometimes you would shoot off the end of the slide and not hit the ground for two or three feet from the end of the slide. We loved it and I don't know of anyone who ever suffered any severe trauma.

Hot Legs

Try one of those on a 90 degree Michigan summer day wearing shorts or a swimsuit. Near 2nd degree burns.


I remember some friends and I trying to ride a skateboard down a slide, it was a one time effort. No one was (seriously) injured.


Did you ever ride down one of these sitting on waxed paper to wax up the slide? The next few rides were super-fast. Lots of fun!


One of the playgrounds I frequented as a child also had one of these all-metal slides. It could get mighty hot sitting there in the sun all day.

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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