Throwback Thursday: Recreation

In this week’s throwback journey, we’re exploring fun times with water skiing in the Ozarks, riding a mechanical elephant in England, lounging in Istanbul, and more offered in the archives from The Commons.

Water Skiiers (MSA)
MissouriStateArchivesWater Skiiers (MSA)

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Taken circa 1960.

Water Biking (MSA)
MissouriStateArchivesWater Biking (MSA)

Osage Beach, Camden, Missouri. Taken circa 1955.

Riding on a Mechanical Elephant
Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsRiding on a Mechanical Elephant

“This photograph is part of a set that has been created to celebrate the opening of South Tyneside Council’s new leisure centre, Haven Point, on 28 October. It focuses in particular on life along the foreshore at South Shields during the 1950s but also includes a few images from further down the coast.” – Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Public Spaces: Public Gardens
SALTOnlinePublic Spaces: Public Gardens

“In the stock of pictorial representations of Istanbul that were produced in the course of the eighteenth century, a remarkable portion were constituted of women lounging leisurely on the grass, smoking, eating, dancing, or engaged in musical gatherings; of men walking, chatting, sipping their coffee, or napping in the shade of a tree; and of young boys and girls riding swings and climbing on trees. Public gardens, in particular, stood out as the most vibrant venue of social and leisure life.” – SALTOnline

Cricket match between England and Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, 3 February 1892 / Charles Bayliss
National Library of Australia CommonsCricket match between England and Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, 3 February 1892 / Charles Bayliss

Cricket match between England and Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. February 3, 1892.

To join this series, tweet @flickr with your favorite photos, and include the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday. And if you’d rather not tweet, simply include the same hashtag in your Flickr photo title, or tag it with ThrowbackThursday. We can’t wait to see what time period and subjects show up next in pictures. From old scans to new photos of throwback memories, we like them all. In the meantime you can also find inspiration in The Commons on Flickr.

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