The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.
their parents were not concerned about hot turtle statues on this playground
Nah. Kids were sturdier back then. Nobody was allergic to bread, either.
Nope. Just died a lot more often.
You've never heard of measles, polio and smallpox?
The site below focuses on numbers from around the world, but the US isn't really that exceptional. I found it with roughly 30 seconds of Googling on "childhood mortality rates 1910;" I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to find more US-based stats.
diphtheria, typhus, tuberculosis ...
my grampa told me about this. it was an early mbta line. you just jumped on and hoped for the best. he said it was way more efficient than the red line
Lots of bumping up and down but you never get anywhere.
I was taking the Green Line once as it went through the especially bumpy and screeching part from Park to Boylston and out. A 5-year old boy, clearly new to riding the T, frustratedly complained to his dad, "This is like a roller coaster but less fun!"
This was the photo taken right before Spanky and Alfalfa showed up with the shenanigans.....
Look how close together those multi-family buildings are! The children will suffer and the city will be destroyed!
Actually, poor people living in cramped living conditions such as high density buildings creates dangerous conditions in which disease spreads more easily. If you had family in tenement housing, your grandparents would have told you stories of this from their childhood. There's nothing funny about it.
Thanks for playing, folks! This photo shows children "tilting" (see-sawing) at William Wirt Warren Playground on Waverly St in Brighton in about 1906. (The photo was in the 1907 School Committee Report)
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