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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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Field of Tweens: 1906

Field of Tweens: 1906

Manhattan circa 1906. "Boys' playground, Central Park, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Girls' Sports

When we were kids, girls' basketball was a joke. You were assigned onto the offensive or defensive side of the court, and weren't allowed to cross it, could only dribble twice before passing. Sweating, after all, was unladylike. I watch girls' and women's basketball today and shake my head, amazed that we wasted so much talent and stifled so many dreams.

Girls' playground

Yes, there were girls' playgrounds. They were the same as boys' playgrounds except they added small swings, sandboxes, and more space for free play. Modern playgrounds most closely resemble girls' playgrounds.

Did girls have their own

... separate-but-equal playground? I'm betting not, but would be happy to learn that they did.

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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