If there is one thing all kids have always had in common regardless of who they are (or where or when) it's that they want to play. And when school's out for the summer, playtime becomes all the time. Before there were well-groomed parks and jungle gyms, the city streets were the playgrounds. With a few accessories — a ball, a stick, a piece of chalk — kids of yesteryear made the streets the place to have fun.
Take a look back at old-school street life, including images by iconic photographers Robert Doisneau, Cornell Capa, and Ruth Orkin, that capture stickball, marbles, double-dutch, and general mischief.
Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL via Getty ImagesBATTER UP, CIRCA 1913
Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty ImagesFISHING FOR COINS, 1930Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImagesMARBLES, PARISIAN STYLE, 1931Robert DOISNEAU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty ImagesHAND STAND RACE, 1934