I stumbled on this picture in the Library of Congress archives. It only says that it is "Summer on a children's city playground, c. 1926". I'm having the best time researching the history of playgrounds and am glad that we've made some progress in playground design and safety.

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Comment by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2009 at 8:58am
Would love to see the pic. Send it to me via email and I'll post it. I remember a very high slide in Baltimore. The life guard told you that you had to lean forward really far or the force of your speed as you flew down the slide would push you back and you'd crack your head on the slide. It only took one crack for me to learn that they really meant it!
Comment by laurenparis on March 19, 2009 at 8:36am
oops! I just tried to upload a picture of old Roosevelt Pool, but I have no idea where it may have gone. Somewhere else on the site, most certainly... Sorry about that.
Comment by laurenparis on March 19, 2009 at 8:33am
Wow! Do public pools fall into your area of concentration? My sister and I (and my mother in her youth) learned to swim, and I was later a lifeguard and then manager of Roosevelt Pool in Glenview, IL. Roosevelt was built as a Works Project Administration project during the Depression. They recently refurbished the entire pool, while attempting to keep the nostalgia. However, during my tenure as a lifeguard, the nostalgia was already removed as far as I was concerned when they dismantled the 2 final water slides that -- I kid you not -- looked JUST like this! Better for the task of lifeguarding to be sure, but I had such fond memories; as did my parents and grandparents! So perhaps that is an immediate sign that they were rather dated :) Safety was not exactly a primary concern for fun...
And for the record, I returned to Roosevelt with my baby and they have really done some neat things and done a good job at keeping the old feel of the Field house and zero depth amenity.



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