In the 1950s and 1960s, Double Dutch was played on the sidewalks in my hometown of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Players used clothesline rope, and the more experienced jumpers made the game as challenging as possible. Some would hop on one foot while turning around. Others would bounce a ball, or pick up and put down stones between jumps. Then there were those who could jump so high that the turners would turn the rope twice before the jumper landed. For sure, Double Dutch not only was fun to play, but also it was fantastic exercise!
In the 1950s and 1960s, most of the homes in small town USA’s neighborhoods were close to their downtown area, people walked to neighborhood stores to do their shopping, and children played under their neighborhood street lights way into the late hours of summer nights.