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From Globe archives: Sledding of yore

Globe archival photo

During February vacation when kids are flocking to the hills, we look back at least 80 years to see young ones enjoying the same winter entertainment. Though the equipment may look a little different, sledding has always been a pastime for kids in New England, when the weather cooperates. Snow on the ground means a lot more fun for everyone (right?).

In the photo above, from Jan. 25, 1930, youngsters on the Boston Common welcomed the announcement from the Boston Park Department that sliding conditions were good on the toboggan slide situated near the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. The Common slide was a double affair, two wooden runways extended from the hill overlooking the ball fields down toward Charles St. The slides were well constructed and long enough to give sufficient momentum to carry sleds or toboggans almost to the Charles Street gates of the Common.



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