The theme for this month on MidCenturyPage.com is kids and Back to School. This illustration reminds us of recess. The mid-century playground scene is illustrated by Ray Prohaska. It accompanied a short story titled “Suburban Spring Song” by Gertrude Carrick.
Ray Prohaska’s illustration of a mid-century playground shows a lot of activity. Our local community playground always has a lot of activity. However, unlike the dirt floor of a mid-century playground, it has a soft rubber floor that cushions one’s fall. The playgrounds were different 70 years ago, but no matter the era, kids love to swing, teeter, and climb.
Most mid-century woman’s magazines had 2 or 3 short stories with illustrations such as this one. It is one of the reasons that I enjoy collecting these old magazines. You never know what wonderful illustrations you will find.
Ray Prohaska was a talented artist, illustrator, and teacher in the mid-century. More information can be found on AskArt.