Odd Playground Gate Bars Older Children (Oct, 1937)

Unlike the other attendants, Joe felt that cup-size was a much better indication of age.

Odd Playground Gate Bars Older Children
Cut out of a high, galvanized-iron fence and roughly resembling a keyhole, a silhouette of an average ten-year-old child serves as an entrance gate to a new playground for small children in an eastern city. Only those boys and girls who can pass through the silhouette opening without stooping or squeezing through sidewise are allowed to enter the play area. The photograph above shows a playground instructor halting a girl who is too tall to enter without stooping.

  1. Rick Auricchio says: November 3, 20119:30 am

    It’s a nice gimmick, but if an attendant must verify the child’s size, why bother with the cutout?

  2. JMyint says: November 3, 201110:37 am

    So they get no fat kids?

  3. BrianC says: November 3, 201110:42 am

    What about child molesting midgets?

  4. Toronto says: November 3, 201112:17 pm

    And what happens when a bratty kid refuses to leave the playground, and the parents can’t get in?

    Then again, I know of an “adventure playground” near here that has several adult-inaccessible places in it. I once volunteered on a field trip there, and we were ready to send in dogs to flush out the last few kids when it was time to leave.

  5. Mike says: November 3, 20111:45 pm

    I can’t believe they would hire Eddie Haskell as an attendant.

  6. Hirudinea says: November 3, 20111:45 pm

    I hear they’re bringing this same idea back for runway models.

  7. Mike says: November 4, 20116:15 am

    Wait, how did the tall attendant get inside? Was he locked in when he was small and he just grew until he couldn’t get out? Is he still there?

  8. Stephen says: November 4, 20118:24 am

    A gate was used in the East End of London very similarly to ensure that only little children could get the toy bundles given out by Clara Grant’s charity:
    “Enter all ye children small | None can come who are too tall”

  9. whoozle whaazle says: November 24, 20114:43 pm


    W. T. F.

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