1940 see-saw for Sepia Saturday 66

The excited little girl standing beside the see-saw is Auntie, and the boy facing her is Dad. The lady at the opposite end is, I think, my Granny.  Despite the suit and the sensible shoes, she obviously liked a shot on the see-saw the same as everyone else! 🙂

If you look closely you can see two people pushing the roundabout and a third pair of blurred legs getting it up to speed before jumping on.  You hung on for grim death and then staggered about dizzy when you got off.  Ice cream would have been best After rather than Before!

A visit to the swing park must have been very exciting for the kids as they lived on a farm and probably didn’t get to go very often, as with me and my siblings.

Check out other Sepia Saturday posts for this week and why not share one of your own?  It doesn’t have to be sepia.


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20 Responses to 1940 see-saw for Sepia Saturday 66

  1. Barbara says:

    Enjoyed this. Your Granny sure enjoyed life. Thanks Jo.

  2. Bob Scotney says:

    This could have been the see-saw in our village; but there is no witches hat here.
    A family out enjoying itself – great to see.

    • Jo says:

      There was a witch’s hat at Dirleton in the 1960’s – it was even more dangerous than the rocking horse thing that Howard mentions!

  3. Tracie says:

    I always loved playing on the see-saw as a child, oh who am I fooling I still enjoy it 🙂
    Another great photo jo! Thanks for Sharing it.

  4. Loved playing on these sort of toys. When you fell down you scraped a knee or tore that odd little piece of skin in your mouth between your upper gum and front teeth. But you stopped your crying and got back on. Now as soon as you fall there will be someone there to either file a lawsuit or advise you that you have no rights. What a scary world we’ve made it

  5. Brett Payne says:

    Thanks for this playground moment, captured so nicely, full of action.

  6. Howard says:

    Great photo. Makes me want to have a go on a see-saw. Typical British playground, every town had one identical to this. Most of the things were lethal. They usually had a rocking dragon-like thing that could hold ten children until the momentum got so much it would throw the lightest off. The roundabout was the best though. You’d spin it as fast as it would go and then try to stand up on it. Inevitably it would end up in someone falling off and at least one child going home needing sticking plasters to their knees.

    • Jo says:

      And each piece of play equipment was sunk into a concrete base – perfect for ripping the skin off your knees and elbows when you landed 🙂

  7. postcardy says:

    That looks like good old-fashioned fun, though more dangerous than today’s playgrounds.

  8. Christine says:

    I love that the adults are on the see-saw too. And everyone is dressed so nicely. Beautiful moment in time.

  9. Muse Swings says:

    I enjoyed the see-saw and the incredibly dangerous round-a-bout in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Perhaps this explains all of the arthritis and hip and knee replacements in my age group. … Forget the asbestos – it was the see-saw that did my generation in. And the red dye #20. I smell a class action suit of unbelievable proportions. Fun picture of a happy moment!

  10. Jo says:

    Our current local swing park is very tame compared to the old fashioned one – and if you fall off something, you land on bark chippings. I’ve only been on the swings recently…

  11. Alan Burnett says:

    Great photo which – as with old good old photographs – launched me on a memory trip of my own. I remember those roundabouts and and see-saws so well. I know that such municipal play parks still exist, but these days they are “safe” with padded swings and cotton-wool slides.

  12. I sure can’t imagine my grandmother on a see-saw. She must have been quite adventuresome. I’ll bet she was a fun grandma!

    • Jo says:

      Sadly, she died when I was only 3, but I do have vague memories of visiting her on Sundays when she was very unwell. Thankfully, I have lots of pictures of her, and memories from my Dad 🙂

  13. betsy says:

    What a wonderful action shot! The teeter-totter and round-about…my two favorite things on the playground! Your dad and auntie are so sweet in that photo! And good for grandma weighing down the other end! lol.

  14. Marilyn says:

    This is wonderful. what a lovely photo of have of your father and aunt and your grandmother on the see-saw! Our playgrounds of the 60’s would have been just like this with the see-ssaw and roundabout and the elbow-skinning concrete. Wonderful times pictured here.

  15. Nancy says:

    You don’t mention what year this was taken but both the see-saw and merry-go-round look so familiar to me. We often had to sit several on each end of the teeter-totter to get the balance right – or scooch in or out and risk getting splinters in our bottoms. And we were always looking for someone to push the merry-go-round so we could just ride. I think it’s fabulous that someone had the forethought to take this photograph. It is quite a charming one!

  16. Nancy says:

    Hey, I just noticed your title. You did mention the year. I just missed it. Okay, this photo is older than I am so I guess I remember descendants of this teeter-totter and merry-go-round. 😉

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