Seabreeze - Daytona, Florida. Circa 1904.
The World’s first playground swing…
Built 90 years ago, these photographs show what historians beleive to be the world’s first playground swing.
The play equipment is believed to have been constructed in 1923 in Wicksteed Park in Kettering, England - the first park of its kind in the UK.It was designed by owner Charles Wicksteed, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.
Charles Wicksteed said at the time: ‘We had a Sunday School treat in the park and put up primitive swings with large poles, tied together at the top with chains.
Fortunately they were not cleared away with the other things the day after the treat and I ultimately found them so popular that instead of pulling them down I added more.I have direct evidence from mothers how whining, pale-faced children, complaining of any food they get, have come back with healthy faces and rosy complexions, ready to eat the house out after a good play in the playground.’
In 1906 an all-female fencing club was founded by frk. Wiel-Hansen under the supervision of fencing master Fillot. Frk. Wiel-Hansen here seen to the right opposed to fru H. Lindgren
A collection of 1920’s photographs, depicting some of the hairstyles of the time, like the kiss curl, the orchid bob, the charleston cut, coconut bob, earphones hairstyle, cottage loaf (bun) and popular styles you’ll probably never see in a period drama like extreme windblown style, the frizzy hairstyle and the Poodle cut.
Famous architects dressed as their buildings, 1931
L-R: A. Stewart Walker (Fuller Building), Leonard Schultze (Waldorf-Astoria), Ely Jacques Kahn (Squibb Building), William Van Alen (Chrysler Building), Ralph Walker (1 Wall Street), D.E.Ward (Metropolitan Tower), Joseph H. Freelander (Museum of New York) (via Retronaut)
..free lecture on anatomy. Tamil Nadu, India, 1950s
The first telephone pay station in Los Angeles, at 228 S. Spring Street, 1899. The service was not cheap: that 50¢ per minute call to San Francisco would cost $13.58 per minute in today’s dollars.
Not published in LIFE. Robert Riley, serving 10 to 16 years for housebreaking, sits in his cell composing music, Tennessee State Penitentiary, 1953. Riley co-wrote the hit song, “Just Walkin’ in the Rain.”
Remarkable photos on LIFE.com today of a music group of five prisoners (yes, prisoners—for major crimes) who achieved chart-topping success.
(Robert W. Kelley—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
At a time when the weight-loss business is a multibillion-dollar juggernaut and the modern plague of obesity in the U.S. shows no sign of abating, we revisit photos made by LIFE’s Martha Holmes to illustrate that March 1954 article, titled “The Plague of Overweight.”
(Martha Holmes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Electronic Computer Delivery, 1957 (via Buzzfeed)
Students of a University of Chicago Department of Botany Field Ecology class pose with an old stagecoach, Yellowstone [National Park], Wyoming.
Slide by George D. Fuller ca. July 28-29, 1923.
Courtesy the University of Chicago Library via LoC
North Quay Many sailing ships tied up, railway viaduct in background, Drogheda, Louth, Ireland, 1860-1883