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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CANADA WELCOMES U.S. CITIZENS, c. 1940

The Ascent of Man: 1943

The Ascent of Man: 1943

July 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Climbing the ladder to the sliding board at the Glen Echo swimming pool." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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The Slides of Yore

I recall seeing the name BURKE cast into playground slide steps. The slide itself was polished stainless steel in a galvanized steel frame. It looked like it would last just about forever, but then parents realized that plastic would be safer, so the old metal slides are gone from my boyhood playgrounds.

Cast Steps

I sure remember the slides at the Grovewood Playground on the east side of Cleveland, just like this one. Built like a tank, they were. I recall the steps being cast like these but could not remember the name which was spelled out. It appears to be "AMERICAN".

Anyone have information on the history of this manufacturer of playground equipment?

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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