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Whee II

Whee II

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Montessori School." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

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String of Perils

Yes it's amazing how many things we did as kids that are now banned as too dangerous. The recent concern about lead paint on imported toys makes me think about the fact that lead paint was everywhere when I was a kid -- and I'm sure on my toys as well. And many things I've worked with over the years are now banned as well. I just didn't know what a dangerous life I was living!

Danger

You know, I don't remember anyone being killed, maimed or permanently damaged on playground equipment at home (on homemade teeter totter much like the one pictured), at school or at a public playground. A very few broken arms and that was it. Because of the intervening Great Depression and World War II, much of our equipment was from the late 1920s or earlier.

Danger!

Yep it was very dangerous having fun!!

Danger!

How did they ever survive with such dangerous playgrounds.

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