How people had fun in the pre-digital era

For bonus points, see if you can spot the celebrity.

35 Responses to How people had fun in the pre-digital era

  1. I enjoyed these pictures (some of which I remember doing). Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love these pictures. Is that A.A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin with the original Winnie the Pooh? 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Great collection. I love these old pictures.

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  4. That’s quite a collection. I think if you updated it for today, you would have only one picture. A kid, obliviously walking into traffic wearing ear buds, and staring intently at a smart phone.

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  5. says:

    Is that Winston Churchill smoking a cigarette? What fun these old pictures conjure up.

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  6. floridaborne says:

    Reblogged this on Two on a Rant and commented:
    Loved this!

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  7. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Those were the days ❤️

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  8. Ah, memories, memories!

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  9. paulandruss says:

    These are lovely photos making me feel all nostalgic for a time when I doubt I was even alive or at least just alive. I wonder if 50 odd years someone will post pictures of a load of kids staring at their mobile phones and someone will write… There are lovely photos making me feel…. Didn’t spot the celebrity unless it’s the photo of the 2 kids with colanders on their heads and sunglasses, in which case they grew up to become the Buggles (you know… Video Killed the Radio Star!)
    Did I win?
    Didn’t think so!

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  10. I love these pictures and I love your blog, Bluebird. You are the awesome-est!

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  11. So, great assortment of pictures! The 3rd from the top? I had one of those. Does this mean I’m officially old? Cheers,H

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  12. Yvonne says:

    I knew it was What’s-his-name and Winnie the Pooh. 🙂

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  13. Larry Geiger says:

    I have always liked the picture of the cats in the barn with the guy milking the cow. Look at the anticipation on the black cats face.

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  14. V.M.Sang says:

    Ah, yes, Playing in mud, swinging high on a swing (and jumping off at its height). I bet a lot of these things would not be allowed now, either by the Health and Safety police, or over-protective parents.

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    • No kidding. Some schools have even resorted to removing the swing sets from their playgrounds, since (according to them) swings are responsible for the highest number of injuries on the playground. Of course, once the swings are gone, another piece of playground equipment will become the most hazardous, and it will be removed, making another piece the most hazardous… and so on until the playground is nothing but an empty yard, presumably surrounded by a six-foot chain link fence topped with razor wire to prevent anything or anyone dangerous from getting near the fragile, fearful, helpless children. Won’t that be fun?


      • larrygeiger says:

        Notice the wooden plank seats. Nowadays all swings have those hot rubber seats that supposedly prevent jumping out. Our swing set seats were worn smooth from thousands of little behinds. You felt like you could fly when you slipped off at the peak after “pumping” as hard as you could. At Scout camp we made real swings. Ropes tied high up in giant live oaks and pines. So much fun, so many bruises 🙂

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        • Those sling seats might have made bailing out more difficult, but they didn’t prevent us from swinging standing up, which was also a lot of fun and probably illegal today.

          The swing set in our yard when I was growing up had hard plastic seats, perfect for bailing out. To us, that was the whole point of getting up so high in the first place — to be able to enjoy that sensation of flight.


    • p.s. I loved the swings when I was little, and my favorite thing was getting up really high and then bailing out. My other favorite thing was to stand up on the seat and swing, like the two little girls in the picture above. It felt so good!


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