This picture was shown in LIFE magazine in October 1954.
My dad was born in 1945, so just trying to imagine him playing like this lifts my spirits and makes me smile. Even as a kid growing up in the 1980s, I recall playgrounds with these wonderful rainbow climbers.
Boy do I miss them. We had one at my first elementary school in Texas – you had to cross the entire soccer field to get to it. 😛
There is definitely something to be said about the simplicity of playgrounds that let children play like this.