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“These days, the health and safety brigade would have a fit if a slide like this was put in a playground,” said historian Linden Groves, who discovered the photographs.
The slide was created by Charles Wicksteed, who went on to manufacture a more modern version from steel and wood. Wicksteed is quoted in one of his company catalogs in 1924: “It was at first thought that children would hesitate about climbing so high a ladder; this has proved to be quite a mistake. They go up without fear or trembling and we have never had an accident of any sort, although tens of thousands of sliders use them.” Wicksteed also introduced the curve at the end of the slide, so that children don’t speed straight into the ground.
Not to be picky but I'm pretty sure the first slide was a stair handrail.
reply to post by smyleegrl
In my younger days, many many moons ago, our slides were made out of metal. Great for moving fast. Horrible on a hot day when you wore shorts. But yeah, the skin burns were worth it!
Originally posted by Suspiria
Bet someone in the Health and Safety department had an embolism looking at that pic.