A Playground Stalwart

Swings have been around forever. They can be a comfort and a thrill. I’ve been planning a post exclusively on swings for months now but just haven’t got out of the gates with it. I do have a working title though – apologies in advance to Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Swinging.
Helen Creighton, 1903 – Nova Scotia Archives

I couldn’t wait for the swing piece to be ready before posting this. I wonder how many kids had their own swings at the turn of the last century. The young girl in this photo is Helen Creighton. Working from her Nova Scotia home, she went on to become a celebrated folklorist in Canada, a collector of songs and stories. My own three-year-old – Helen’s age in this shot – loves her clothes and wants some just the same.

Many thanks to Lauren at Nova Scotia Archives for sharing the photo.

9 responses to “A Playground Stalwart

    • Teena, the photo is thanks to our friends at the NS Archives. They have so many treasures there. Looking forward to using your swing whenever I get beyond the title of the swing post. Cheers, Alex


  1. Just to let you know I have been doing workshops at different conferences about swings.
    I call it “Taxonomy (or Encyclopedia) of Swings.
    Have come up with around 30 very different types of swings. From Tango, Death, Ghost and others.
    This is in Britain, I feel there are more out there.


  2. Not a twitter person, just email.
    Its on my web site freeplaydesigns.com
    Good to talk more.


  3. Alex, Have you heard about the Red Swing Project? We’ve written about it on The Play & Playground Encyclopedia. http://www.pgpedia.com/r/red-swing-project


    • Hi Rita – Thanks for this. Yes, I have heard and read a little on the Red Swing folks. They are among the many interesting stories that I hope to feature at some point in PlayGroudnology. We should have a chat sometime about your project. Thanks for the info you’ve already provided, very interesting work that you have underway.


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