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Hollywood Dad: 1953

Hollywood Dad: 1953

November 1953. Beverly Hills, California. "Comedian Groucho Marx sitting on a swingset with daughter Melinda." Ektachrome transparency from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Hollywood Fathers." View full size.

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You bet your life he drives one

I'll bet there's a sparkling new DeSoto in the driveway!

Improper assembly

Notice the cross braces - they are installed upside down, leaving a sharp corner waiting to snag the next kid who doesn't notice the protrusion.

The swingset

My family acquired a swingset very much like Groucho's in the early sixties. I recognize the gauge of pipe, the horizontal bracing, the teeter-totter, and the chain links for the rings and swing. We could also attach a swinging ladder instead of one of the two swings we usually had in place. In contrast to this set, ours was red, and I guess we had the deluxe version because ours had a slide. I remember how swinging too high could make one of the legs of the swingset lift off the ground and thump back down.

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