I Had No Idea

… that I was being indoctrinated on a playground.  I saw this link to an article about Cold War playgrounds and gave it the ol’ clicky cloo.  Somewhere in Livonia, Michigan (not Russia) was a playground visited by yours truly.  I distinctly remember climbing up a 3 or 4 story rocket and thinking “this is really rusty and I like it.”  At the time, it was just a playground thing.  But now, perspective and hindsight being 20/20, it would appear that one of the primary functions of that equipment was to get me excited about space, nuclear war, and satellite dishes.

I'm a Rocket Man
I’m a Rocket Man.  Or at least they hoped so.

So… what does today’s playground equipment teach? Does anyone else remember Cold War era playground equipment? By the time I was playground ready, most of it was on the way out. Nonetheless, this fascinates me.

I think it’s neat to learn about stuff you didn’t know at the time. Thanks, internet.

 

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