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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Blind Slide: 1917

Blind Slide: 1917

March 1917. Muskogee, Oklahoma. "Play-time at the Oklahoma School for the Blind. Children have a great deal of freedom (Ellis Report)." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. Library of Congress.

 

Waxing the sliding board

When I was in elementary school, my mom would wrap my lunch sandwiches in waxed paper, or use the waxed paper bags. We would often save the waxed paper and take it out to the metal sliding board and use the paper to give it a "wax job" (especially effective if it was warm from the sun), which would greatly increase your speed by reducing friction.

Posture

The kid on the bottom is sitting erect because he can't see to prepare himself for the landing. Otherwise, he'd be leaning forward a bit. I never considered that the kinesiology for a blind person would be different but here it is.

Oklahoma School for the Blind

It's still there.

"1913 Oklahoma School for the Blind was moved to its present location in June in accordance with an act of the fourth Legislature. An 80 acre tract of land was donated by Governor C.N. Haskell."

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Look Out Below!

That kid at the top of the slide is taking a serious lift-off. I bet the boy in the middle got waxed!

 
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