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Island Swingers: 1905

Island Swingers: 1905

St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Girls' playground, Harriet Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Liability schmiability

Could you imagine that playground in this day and age of protecting our precious snowflakes?

I so thank God I didn't grow up in today's sterile world. Of all the rights we've gotten over the years it's the right to skin a knee that's sorely missing, by me at least.

Colorizing software

Lilandorth, try googling "Akvis Coloriage" and you'll be led to software that will do the job for you. Good luck, and don't neglect sharing your creations with us!

Victimizer or Victim?

The girl with the bows puts me in the mind of Wednesday Addams, or one of Edward Gorey's ill-fated tots. Either way, the playground population is about to decrease by one.

Lovely photo

This is has to be one of my favorite Shorpy photos (though I say that at least once a week.} I love the details of the clothes, the hats (What kid wears a hat other than a baseball cap these days) and the facial expressions and awareness of the camera.

I think this pic would be very interesting colorized. What software is recommended to colorize b&w pics? I often admire the work of posters who contribute colored versions of photos on this site, would like to learn to do it myself, and would appreciate any advice or recommendations of software. Thanks.

Doubles as a Guillotine?

I wonder if the ladder type monkey bars were adjusted during competitions or if the kids could pull the rope to change the angle any time they wanted. I've never seen one whose angle could be changed like that.

Teachable moment

Harriet Island was named after Harriet Bishop, Minnesota's first public school teacher. The island had a bathhouse, beaches, playground, and a rowing club. It is still used as a recreation area today.

Red Rover, Red Rover

This has got to be one of the most darling photos on Shorpy. The children are just PRECIOUS! I think a few boys sneaked in!


Reminds me of a horrible gym class I once was tortured at.

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