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Here's a major historical WTF ... This was in Popular Science Monthly circa 1923. Thanks to an English invention, babies are given fresh air in metal cages which are designed to attach to the outside window of a high-rise building with (only) the help of two iron poles. ~~~ Gee, wonder why this practice didn't keep? Yikes!

  • Kelly Guevara

    Lori-hit it right on the head...what in the hell were they thinking!? ...wow

  • Lynda

    I do know that tenements often had only the one window and so there was no air flow and apartments could get stifling hot. This might have been a way to keep baby from dangerous overheating, especially while dinner was being cooked.

  • Laura Damron

    I can't imagine the thought of a baby falling several feet in the air because of one of these imagine how the mother would have felt

  • Susan Lindsay

    Looks horrific.

  • Jaime Escobar

    That baby is a little big for that cage...

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Baby Cage Window, used to give babies fresh air and sunlight, 1937

+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+ Summertime and a boy cools off on an ice truck. Boston ~ 1937.

Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow. Black Elk (Oglala), 1937

Alabama, 1937, by John Gutmann

children on their way to school - Dade County, Florida, 1937. The boys are sure scowling at the photographer - wonder who was taking the picture? They are barefoot, and their overalls were bought long so they could grow into them - may be early in the school year. The older girl has shoes and very stylish socks

1930s POPEYE WITH PARROT CAGES tin wind-up by Marx by LUNZERLAND., via Flickr

c.1937: Demonstrating the strength of the DKW car chassis

Faces of the Depression- January, 1937 Looking closely at the full size photo, I'm amazed by the large muscular fingers and hands of the boy. His eyes show concern with a serious glare and his mother, with bruised leg, recognizes him with her extended arm. The children of the depression had to grow up faster than any other generation in recent history. Part of the family of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, camped near the packinghouse in Winter Haven, Florida." by Arthur Rothstein

  • Woman & Dog

    (I don't think that is his mother, she is too young, a sister probably). My mother was a migrant worker when she was a child. I can't bear to think of how hard her life was. She doesn't talk about it but how could it have been anything but hell?

January 1937. "Part of the family of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, camped near the packinghouse in Winter Haven, Florida."

Scott's Run, West Virginia. Unemployed miner, March 1937 | National Archives via Flickr.