Fresh air for city babies…

1934 The baby cage, patented in the United States in 1922, was invented for babies in overcrowded urban areas to get some fresh air.

1934

The baby cage, patented in the United States in 1922, was invented for babies in overcrowded urban areas to get some fresh air. It was also promoted as a place to store toys for families living in small apartments, and a convenient place for babies’ naps.

A nanny is pictured supervising a baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a flat window in Chelsea, London in 1937.

Baby and nanny in Chelsea, London in 1937

Even though they look incredibly dangerous, the East Poplar borough of London made a promise to fix these devices to the sides of buildings.

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