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A Swingin' Good Time

A Swingin' Good Time

This is me on a swing at a motel in either Maryland or Delaware sometime in the mid-1970s. It was likely taken by my father, whose shadow appears in the photo, too. I really like this photo -- the sun, the motel architecture (is that an oxymoron?), the photographer's shadow, and especially the red and white pool umbrella. Doesn't it all just scream 1970s? View full size.

Meet the Swinger

I recognize those horse-swings as being made by Miracle Recreation Equipment Company - they were once in Grinnell, Iowa - however I think now located in Missouri. I loved them as a kid.


Wow, I remember playing on those horsie-swings when I was a kid in the early 70's! They had the exact same set at the park down the street.

We'd pile on a whole bunch of kids on one horse and go for broke.


Screams 70s it does, loudly, especially what appears to be "rug burn"-inducing Astro-Turf under the swingset. Whoever thought that was a good idea for a playground. Maybe it's just painted concrete, but a good bet it is a cheap Astro-Turf knock-off as was the fashion in play areas back in the day

My parents certainly thought it was a good thing to install in my little brother's room in the basement (concrete floor - no padding). Since the large space was a prime play area our knees and palms were always dimply and red.

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