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Once Upon A Playground

A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975
Biondo, Brenda (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
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Before today's safety-minded structures of wood and plastic, America's playgrounds were full of tottering seesaws, dizzying merry-go-rounds, and towering metal slides. Documenting the evolution of American playgrounds between 1920 and 1975, Once Upon a Playground is a visual tribute to these iconic structures, celebrating their place in our culture and the collective memories of generations. In it, contemporary photos of vintage pieces of playground equipment are juxtaposed with images of the very same pieces as they were shown in classic catalogs, postcards, and photographs. The result is a haunting time capsule showing a rapidly vanishing part of our country's cultural heritage.
Authors: Biondo, Brenda
Title: Once upon a playground
a celebration of classic American playgrounds, 1920-1975
Publisher: Lebanon, NH :, ForEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England,, [2014]
Characteristics: xxi, 154 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,29 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Brenda Biondo
Summary: Before today's safety-minded structures of wood and plastic, America's playgrounds were full of tottering seesaws, dizzying merry-go-rounds, and towering metal slides. Documenting the evolution of American playgrounds between 1920 and 1975, Once Upon a Playground is a visual tribute to these iconic structures, celebrating their place in our culture and the collective memories of generations. In it, contemporary photos of vintage pieces of playground equipment are juxtaposed with images of the very same pieces as they were shown in classic catalogs, postcards, and photographs. The result is a haunting time capsule showing a rapidly vanishing part of our country's cultural heritage.
ISBN: 1611685125
9781611685121
Branch Call Number: 796.06873 B6159o 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (page xxi)
Subject Headings: Playgrounds United States History
Topical Term: Playgrounds
LCCN: 2013954866
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Aug 17, 2014
  • 1dreamer rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The pictures are great, I just wish some would have kids included in the photos. It feels more like a catalog.

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