Baby in overhanging cage, London, 1934

200912301059 1934 photo of a baby in a wooden and wire cage hanging out of a window a few stories up. It looks secure.


  1. wasn’t this done for babies with ‘croup’? doctors determined that the babies need cool moist air at night to breathe more easily… so people built these little outdoor sleeping pens.

  2. Caging babies is wrong! I bet they also ply them with antibiotics and growth hormones. Free-range babies or nothing, I say.

  3. The same people who freak out about this photograph, are probably the same people who feel no qualms about strapping their baby into an automobile car-seat made of plastic and nylon.

    The only difference being, that automobiles kill far more babies every minute that all of the window baby cage fatalities in all of history.

  4. Forget the baby cage, what I want to know is the name of the painting being used by one of the russian commentors on the link page showing two women hugging, one of them nude. ;p

  5. These were fashionable for a time to allow city-dwelling children to get fresh air and sunshine during daylight hours — fumes, smoke, etc., apparently hadn’t entered the spectrum of things pediatricians and mothers worried about yet.

    If I recall correctly, BoingBoing ran a photo of a similar installation somewhere in New York City a year or two ago.

    The conversation then seemed to return no documented evidence of any significant illness or injury to the children involved.

  6. Nothing shows love for your neighborhood more than filling the street with the sound of an externally mounted shrieking infant.

  7. This was a fairly common way in the 30’s & 40’s for those in large cities to have windows open in the non-ac summer’s and not have to worry about a toddler falling out of a window 6 stories up. As was tying a rope around a small childs waist and allowing him/her to play outside attached to the clothes line while busy mom’s cooked, cleaned, washed without automatic machines, and did everything else that required doing. It was a simple time and these were simple solutions, not child abuse.

  8. It would be a lot more useful (though downstairs neighbour unfriendly) if you were to take off the baby’s diaper while he was out there. Saves on the cleanup, helps the shrubs.

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