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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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