Baby in overhanging cage, London, 1934


33 Responses to “Baby in overhanging cage, London, 1934”

  1. bentleywg says:

    It looks like an open air bed.

  2. Suds says:

    My first thought was “Baby Cage Fight!”. Am I a bad person?

  3. oschene says:

    Probably trying to ward off rickets — London didn’t get a lot of sun in those days, coal smoke and fog and all that.

  4. stosh machek says:

    childhood pic of sir edmond hillary? baby powered air conditioning unit? falcon bait?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have to do the same thing to my children, otherwise they gnaw on the furniture

  6. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if they let him in at night.

  7. Xenu says:

    Too bad Michael Jackson didn’t have one of these.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sleeping porch. Considered very healthy at one time.

  9. franko says:

    mother? air the baby out — he stinks!

  10. Anonymous says:

    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.

  11. jfrancis says:

    That is to prevent him from flying back to Kensington Gardens.

  12. Architexas says:

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

  13. Anonymous says:

    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.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Least they won’t grow up afraid of heights, pigeons maybe, but not heights.

  15. pyster says:

    caged baby is more tender… tho range baby cold be pretty tasty!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I think this is fascinating! Are there any good books about 1930s London?

  17. hallpass says:

    This was to allow the child to better enjoy the pristine air of 1930s London.

  18. Anonymous says:

    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

  19. V says:

    Does it come in teenager sizes?

  20. lewis stoole says:

    b.f. skinner decided to “upgrade” his experiments.

  21. Anonymous says:

    My cat would just love that.

  22. Anonymous says:

    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.

  23. SFCPat says:

    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.

  24. Lobster says:

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

  25. Avram / Moderator says:

    I guess the parents had just seen Peter Pan.

  26. nanuq says:

    “b.f. skinner decided to “upgrade” his experiments.”

    Leave B.F. alone, his kids turned out just fine.

  27. arborman says:

    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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