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Boys on swings
Title : Boys on swings Boys on swings
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Source : B 54544
Date of creation : ca. 1930
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Boys crowd around swings at a children's playground. Three boys are seated on the swings with companions behind them ready to push. Others gather between the swings and at the sides  to pose for the camera. The equipment looks new with clean edges to the timber, so it is possible that this playground has just opened. The playground surface looks firm, possibly concrete or bitumen. These surfaces have now been phased out and a range of more resilient, safe surfaces are available.

Note that all the boys are wearing short pants with long socks. Until around the late 1950s, when the wearing of jeans became more widespread and with the withdrawal in England of the Board of Trade controls on clothing manufacture in the early 1950s, boys wore short pants until they reached their early teens.

Period : 1927-1939
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

Grealy, John R. Playgrounds - the Australian way, [Oaklands Park, S. Aust.] : John R. Grealy and Associates, 2004

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