How to parent, according to the archives of Popular Science

Popular Science has a great (and occasionally horrifying) slideshow of gadgets it once suggested were essential for enlightened, tech-minded parents. A lot of the inventions merely look way sketchy. For instance, the infant-sized "sleeping porch" that is actually a screened box bolted into an apartment window frame is probably mounted well enough that it's not going to kill anybody. It's just that, from the vantage point of a 100 years later, it seems a little disturbing to stick your baby into something that looks like a large AC window unit.

Other suggestions, though, are legitimately concerning. Above, you can see an image of a nurse "branding" a newborn by essentially sunburning its parent's initials onto its flesh with a UV lamp. In 1938, somebody thought this would be a good way to ensure that nobody left the hospital with the wrong baby.

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  1. In 1938, somebody thought this would be a good way to ensure that nobody left the hospital with the wrong baby.

    Ayn Rand apparently thinks it's just dandy. Perhaps if shiftless indolent infant doesn't want a sunburn, it should buy its own sunscreen, rather than expecting its parents to provide for it.

  2. They branded me with Science!

  3. Also, she was never observed to smile.

  4. You best be glad it was a UV lamp and not some radioactive isotopes...

  5. Perhaps all it would have taken is to brand an infant in front of her... C'mon, Ayn, turn that frown upside down -- Bzzzzt.

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