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This is What Playing Used to Look Like!

From games that fell out of play to equipment now deemed too costly or unsafe for playgrounds, the way kids play has changed quite a bit. Not only that, but we spent most of our time outside. It was good for us and loafing around inside all day just usually wasn’t allowed.

What Playing Used to Look Like

Boys playing cards, 1910. Via/ Library of Congress

What Playing Used to Look Like

Sidewalk leapfrog, 1910s. Via/ Library of Congress

What Playing Used to Look Like

Having a ball in school, 1940s. Via/ Library of Congress

What Playing Used to Look Like

Playing “hunting little squirrels” 1940. Via/ Library of Congress

What Playing Used to Look Like

Jump rope, 1900. Via/ Flickr

What Playing Used to Look Like

Variation on the handkerchief game? Circa 1900. Via/ Library of Congress

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