I recently (2014) updated this post with some new pictures of old vintage playground equipment.
…Live and learn
Tell the years they flew
And we never knew
We were foolish then
We would never tire
And that little fire
Is still alive in me
It will never go away…
–From Madonna and This Used To Be My Playground
Vintage Playground Equipment
Old vintage playground equipment has all but disappeared, but at least Generation X has pictures to prove the dangers we faced every day during recess! Ha!
Lexington, Oklahoma Playground | Fall 2011
Old Monkey Bars | Bethany Public Library | Bethany, Oklahoma | 2012
I was running in circles pushing one of these things one time when I tripped and got caught underneath it. My back was all scraped up. It scared me to death.
In college there was one of these things at the Bethany City Park. My friends and I would sit on it and close our eyes and push each other as fast as we could. Then we’d get off and walk around like the dizzy fools that we were. Yes, I said college…
From Odalaigh via Flickr
I never made it all the way to the top of one these crazy things.
From Mutant Mandias via Flickr
Many memories of slide rockets from a park in California where I once
won a Halloween costume contest, and here in Oklahoma City at Stars and Stripes Park.
These ridiculous things were quite popular. There were triangles of gigantic cheese that mimicked the style.
Burn-your-hiney old metal slide.
This contraption is called a Witch’s Hat. It was evil.
I saw similar things to this Octopus, but I’ve never seen one of these. Nice chains.
Another picture of the same dangerous Octopus! This is located at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California. I think it’s still there.
Now these things were the biggest disappointment of all. They were cute, but after about five minutes the fun was over.
These things looked like great fun, too. We hopped on top only to quickly find out we’ll be going nowhere fast. I really liked the blue ducks and yellow chicken versions.
Here are some more original pictures I’ve taken of vintage playground equipment.
Check out Playgrounds from the 70s via Divine Caroline. Also, a proposal for a book, Once Upon a Playground.
Did you have a favorite piece of playground equipment growing up?