Keeping pace with the era: the nightmare of the invention of the XX century for children

Keep quiet about imagination and way of thinking inventors

1. The case for a child: October 1917


Previously, children irritated passengers of commercial flights, disrupting their rest during the trip. "For many years, we were hoping that some clever inventor figure out how to plug in a tin noisy babies at night - wrote one passenger - we proposed a sealed container, wrapped in a sound-proof material».

Caleb Prater of Illinois developed a perforated container for children as a portable bassinet. In the waking hours the child can sit in a case with the lid open. During sleep, the cover is closed, and you can breathe through the vents.

2. Sleeping balcony: May 1916


With the growth of the population people began to pay more attention to the problem of raising children in a confined space. The inventors have proposed a miniature bedroom balconies, which can be installed on any window. On the type of structure seems sound: metal spacers to withstand up to 227 kg (500 lb) weight, and anchorages are not afraid of even a strong wind. Instead of windows was installed grille that children could not get out, and special mesh protected them from annoying insects. Judging by the picture, there was enough room to put back a small stroller.

3. Automatic cradle: September 1917


Like most new parents, Sheldon D. Vanderburgh, inventor from New York, was tired of the constant crying child. A decision has become a self-made cradle. First Vanderburgh do something like baskets, attach the mesh to the two wooden disks. Hanging basket to a wooden frame, Vanderburgh realized that his invention will become even more effective if the cradle will swing itself. He gathered a mechanism that rotates the crank attached to the crossbar. And here we have an automatic cradle. As a bonus attached gentle ticking sound, soothing the child.

4. Cradle with mechanical drive: February 1920


As Vanderburgh cradle, the cradle of Luther Jones cited by a clockwork mechanism. Cradle hung on chains are attached to the metal frame. To bring it into action, you just need to have a mechanism and watch as the motor rotates the wheel. The movement of the wheel will result in swinging chain and baby falls asleep instantly. And if the child wakes up and no one is near, the gear mechanism to attract his attention.

5. Children's bicycle seat: October 1938


Do you want to be with your child, even during outdoor activities? Then you can appreciate a child seat on the handlebars of a bicycle. In appearance it is not too reliable, but Emilia Eberle, inventor of Geneva, found his creation sufficiently safe for your child. The seat is attached to the steering wheel and metal frame was connected to the central axis of the front wheel.

6. Children's mask: November 1983

Maybe now like mask and looks funny, but in 1938 the threat of a gas attack was very serious. Designed in France, a gas mask is a sealed bag, complete with manual air supply system and filter unit. Those who held the child was able to control supply of fresh air, pumping it with a blower.

7. UV lamp to mark the newborn: December 1938

No one would not want to come back from the hospital with a strange child. To avoid confusion, was designed UV lamp to mark the newborn, which burns the skin on the child's initials. Ultraviolet rays are passed through a stencil with the initials of the baby, leaving pale marks, which disappeared after a couple of weeks. The first sunburn of the child. ... Is not that pathetic?

8. Improved children's mask: August 1939

An article about the mask was written 3 months before the German attack on Poland. For its development in the English inventor took 3 years. As in the previous model, the new mask has a filter and air intake control is carried out by adults. Cloth part of the device is made of a rubberized material and a gas-tight, and the window in the helmet allows the child to observe what is happening around.

9. Walkers: September 1939

Most parents teach children to walk or raising their hands or forking on a walker with wheels. However, a Swiss engineer decided it would be better if you combine your legs with feet of the child with the help of wooden bars. Thus, he could direct the movement of the baby. And the straps attached to the top bar, help the child maintain balance.

10. The seat belt for the bathroom: October 1939

Do not leave a young child alone in the bathroom. But if suddenly the doorbell rang, or another child crying in the next room, there is a need to absent himself even for a second - what's the worst that could happen? Any mother knows that everything can happen, anything. And for those who do not have to ask someone for help, Carl Fischer, an engineer from Iowa, gathered a small metal rod that ensures the safety of young children in the bathtub, while their mothers are busy household chores. You just need to fasten the child seat to the rod, which is fixed on the sides of his bath with rubber suction cups. And the kid is not going anywhere.
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