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Boys & Hay - How To Play Without Electronics

Post by minniev » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:30 pm

My grandsons, like many kids I know, are captivated by electronics - ipads, video games, cartoons, and in my view don't get enough unstructured time to learn how to entertain themselves. Our new/old house has limited electronics and lots of free space, so it is interesting to see them there.

I was trying for a vintage kind of look. There are pictures of me, my brother, and our cousins playing very similarly with toy trucks in sand piles, with Red Ryder BeeBee guns, with hay bales, in the 50's.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:08 pm

Wonderful! Love all three but particularly taken with the first and third. And you are right: kids need this! The electronics are here to stay so there's no getting around that; the trick is going to be how to prevent outright addiction. Outdoor muddy, dirty play is one way. (Y)
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Post by minniev » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:11 pm

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Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:08 pm
Wonderful! Love all three but particularly taken with the first and third. And you are right: kids need this! The electronics are here to stay so there's no getting around that; the trick is going to be how to prevent outright addiction. Outdoor muddy, dirty play is one way. (Y)
Thanks Chuck. There is no substitute for freedom. Our kids of today are often so tightly scheduled that they simply don't have time for free play. I want to give mine an opportunity before they get so set in their modern ways that they don't care for freedom any more.
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Post by uuglypher » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:55 pm

Hi, Min,
There was a recent discussion somewhere of “evocative” images. These images must be unequivocally evocative to almost everyone of that exact period of childhood!
Love ‘em!

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Post by minniev » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:25 pm

uuglypher wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:55 pm
Hi, Min,
There was a recent discussion somewhere of “evocative” images. These images must be unequivocally evocative to almost everyone of that exact period of childhood!
Love ‘em!

Dave
Thanks Dave. I think there is value in the play that folks of "our generation" found normal but our grandchildren find unusual.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:42 am

minniev wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:30 pm
My grandsons, like many kids I know, are captivated by electronics - ipads, video games, cartoons, and in my view don't get enough unstructured time to learn how to entertain themselves. Our new/old house has limited electronics and lots of free space, so it is interesting to see them there.

I was trying for a vintage kind of look. There are pictures of me, my brother, and our cousins playing very similarly with toy trucks in sand piles, with Red Ryder BeeBee guns, with hay bales, in the 50's.
Treasures, Minnie. Masterful B&W. What did you use for PP? #1 is my favorite.

I grew up in Brooklyn, so this is foreign to me. Playing stickball in the street, cursing at the cars that interrupted us, or stoop ball -- these are my childhood version of time in the mud. Electronics was the radio, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Jack Benny. There were 120 boys in my fourth-grade class in grade school, and 120 girls in fourth grade across the school yard. In high school, it was poker or dice on the corner near the drugstore. We had enough boys the same age to form two teams for football -- in the street with a tightly-rolled and tied copy of the NY Daily News as our "football." And girls. Yes, lots and lots of girls. All gorgeous. No regrets.

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Post by minniev » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:56 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:42 am

Treasures, Minnie. Masterful B&W. What did you use for PP? #1 is my favorite.

I grew up in Brooklyn, so this is foreign to me. Playing stickball in the street, cursing at the cars that interrupted us, or stoop ball -- these are my childhood version of time in the mud. Electronics was the radio, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Jack Benny. There were 120 boys in my fourth-grade class in grade school, and 120 girls in fourth grade across the school yard. In high school, it was poker or dice on the corner near the drugstore. We had enough boys the same age to form two teams for football -- in the street with a tightly-rolled and tied copy of the NY Daily News as our "football." And girls. Yes, lots and lots of girls. All gorgeous. No regrets.

Matt
Thanks for sharing a window into a childhood totally different from mine but equally lost to time and change.

The PP is just plain old Lightroom. I think LR is a much better monochrome conversion tool than most people give it credit for being.

And ah, the radio! I remember it. I also remember my grandmother's first television. Neither was ever turned on till after dark when all the work was done, and dinner was over and cleaned up after. Here's the radio, which was mostly used to listen to classical orchestra music, since my grandmother had been a symphony violinist in Chicago before she went home to marry her childhood sweetheart in the boondocks of Mississippi and become a farm-wife. My son is determined to make the radio play, he has never seen or heard such a thing.
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Post by PietFrancke » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:30 pm

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Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:45 am

minniev wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:56 pm
Matt Quinn wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:42 am

Treasures, Minnie. Masterful B&W. What did you use for PP? #1 is my favorite.

I grew up in Brooklyn, so this is foreign to me. Playing stickball in the street, cursing at the cars that interrupted us, or stoop ball -- these are my childhood version of time in the mud. Electronics was the radio, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Jack Benny. There were 120 boys in my fourth-grade class in grade school, and 120 girls in fourth grade across the school yard. In high school, it was poker or dice on the corner near the drugstore. We had enough boys the same age to form two teams for football -- in the street with a tightly-rolled and tied copy of the NY Daily News as our "football." And girls. Yes, lots and lots of girls. All gorgeous. No regrets.

Matt
Thanks for sharing a window into a childhood totally different from mine but equally lost to time and change.

The PP is just plain old Lightroom. I think LR is a much better monochrome conversion tool than most people give it credit for being.

And ah, the radio! I remember it. I also remember my grandmother's first television. Neither was ever turned on till after dark when all the work was done, and dinner was over and cleaned up after. Here's the radio, which was mostly used to listen to classical orchestra music, since my grandmother had been a symphony violinist in Chicago before she went home to marry her childhood sweetheart in the boondocks of Mississippi and become a farm-wife. My son is determined to make the radio play, he has never seen or heard such a thing.
Is that a Philco? Ours was. And I would lie on the rug with my head near the speaker. I don't know whether your son will be able to find the tubes for the radio but someone may be able to rig up something clever. He may be disappointed at the sound, though, if it has the original speaker. Sometimes memory lane doesn't welcome a visit.

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Post by minniev » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:52 am

Matt Quinn wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:45 am
Is that a Philco? Ours was. And I would lie on the rug with my head near the speaker. I don't know whether your son will be able to find the tubes for the radio but someone may be able to rig up something clever. He may be disappointed at the sound, though, if it has the original speaker. Sometimes memory lane doesn't welcome a visit.

Matt
Not sure of the brand but will check. There are 3 old radios there, this being the most lavish. My son just likes tinkering whether it ever comes to anything or not. There is also another device that looks like the offspring of a radio mated with a telephone.
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