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Beautiful old things: Glider swings

I went looking for a photo today, trying to bring to mind the old glider swing that my grandpa built his (and grandma’s) farm, probably in the 30s or 40s. It was one of my favorite things about the farm because my sister and I were small enough to stretch out on the seats. We’d beg someone to give us a push now and then and spend hours under the trees, watching squirrel and birds. Ah, the life.

Not quite grandpa’s, but isn’t this picture wonderful?

Years ago I found a swing that looked just like my grandpa’s and sent off for the pattern/plans. I told my husband I wanted one for our yard. He’s yet to build it and I can’t find the plans, so I thought I’d start looking again.

As close as I could find today to the “real” thing.

I’ve found a few photographs, but haven’t found grandpa’s exact swing yet. I’ll keep looking and keep thinking about that old swing until I get one. A carefree summer swinging under the sky is too good to be forgotten.



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5 thoughts on “Beautiful old things: Glider swings

  1. Thank you for all the memories your post has stirred: both of the glider swing and the hammock on gramma’s veranda.

  2. Hi! I found your blog by searching for “old glider swings”. A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to take pictures of the old barn on her property. (I participate in the Tuesday meme Barn Charm.) As I glanced in her barn, I saw an old glider swing! I mentioned if she ever wanted to sell it, to let me know. She commented that it was probably rotten, but she would check with her brother to find out if he wanted to let it go. Today, she texted me that we could come get it! I know it will be a lot of work for my hubby, but I am SO excited. When we get it, I’ll send you a picture….?

    1. Oh, I’m so happy to hear you found one and that you get to give it a new home! Sorry that I haven’t responded sooner; I’ve actually been off WP for over a year. Nice to see that people still read my older posts. Please, please send me a picture! Better yet, post it and let me know so I can share it with others. Thanks for writing.

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