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13The Hanging Baby Cage

Mothers in the past worried about their child getting enough fresh air when living in a crowded bustling city. The solution? Babies would be placed into metal cages, about the size of an air conditioner unit. These cages were secured on the outside of a window, allowing baby to hover

suspended many floors up. Talk about a future case of vertigo!

Patented by Emma Read in 1922, this baby cage was made so that an infant could crawl through the window, and safely enjoy the outdoors. Thankfully, today many urban moms can just take their little one to a park for some fresh air. It may come as a surprise, but these fixtures didn’t result in any unsavory accidents or fatalities. Some things just aren’t made like they used to be, I guess.

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