8-3 | Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920–1975

Book Review

Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920–1975

Brenda Biondo
Lebanon, NH: ForeEdge, 2014. Foreword, introduction, afterword, acknowledgments, photo locations, historical image credits, images. 154 pp. $22.95 cloth. ISBN: 9781611685121

by David B. Jones

First Paragraph:

With Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920–1975, author Brenda Biondo has compiled a beautiful collection of images of American playgrounds that spans over fifty years. She frames many of these colorful pieces of playground equipment within spacious landscapes and skyscapes, and in doing so these apparatus tend to jump off the page. The absence of children on these play structures accentuates the structural qualities of each piece.