Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Baby Cage

Times have changed. Remember the days when you could stick a crying baby in a cage and hang it outside the window of tall building? No? Me neither, but apparently you once could.

Invented and patented in 1922 by Emma Read, the "Portable Baby Cage" was designed to provide fresh air and sunlight to babies and small children being raised in crowded cities.

It's hard to say how many people actually used the baby cage but it seems the invention made it all the way to London where the East Poplar borough council proposed to fix the cages to the outside of some of their buildings.  Also, the baby cages were distributed to members of London's Chelsea Baby Club.

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