the value of playPosted: April 5, 2013
Compare the first two photographs and guess who is having the most fun. Notice that the tools being used are real tools, not toys. The only concession to childhood is the size of the bench. The Project Gutenberg is the source for photos and extracts from A Catalogue of Play Equipment published in 1918 by the US Bureau of Educational Experiments. I particularly love the outdoor equipment section of this book compiled by Jean Lee Hunt. Sadly, some of these constructions would not be approved today in a time where risky adventure play has all but disappeared from the lives of many children.
The photograph of the genteel children posing compliantly with the doll comes from the G H Hutson collection of lantern slides at the State Library of Victoria.
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