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Follies of the Madmen #268


This was one of a series of postwar ads for magnesium, which illustrated how the miracle metal would allow consumers to do things nobody would ever want to do, like carry a baby carriage on your shoulder.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 21, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Technology, Babies and Toddlers, 1940's

Wee tot sent to prison, 1906

Harsh justice in Switzerland.

Could this boy perhaps have been the youngest person ever convicted of a crime and sent to jail?

The Minneapolis Journal - Nov 18, 1906

Wee Tot Sent To Prison
Three-year-old Swiss is convicted as a thief.

Geneva, Nov. 17 — The Swiss public and press are aroused at the extraordinary action of a magistrate presiding at the criminal sessions at Weinfelden in the commune of Thurgoirs, who has sentenced a child barely 3 years of age to three and a half months' imprisonment for "theft."
The child, who is the son of a laborer, saw some penny toys dangling from the doorway of a shop. He seized two of them, and took them home, and an hour later was "arrested" by a tall gendarme on a charge of theft.
When the case was called at Weinfelden the child had to be carried by a gendarme, as he could not be seen over the top of the dock.
In response to the magistrate's questions the little fellow laughingly admitted that he took the toys. He could not speak plainly, and it was with difficulty that the gendarme, who acted as intermediary, was made to understand that he wanted them "as he did not have any toys like other boys."
"Three and a half months' imprisonment," said the magistrate sternly.
The boy's parents fell on their knees before the magistrate, and pleaded with him to remit the sentence on account of his tender age and his inability to distinguish between right and wrong. The magistrate declined to revise the sentence, however, and said "Remove the prisoner."
The gendarme, who was much affected, carried the child out of the dock and placed him in the arms of an astonished warder.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Nov 08, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Prisons, Babies and Toddlers, 1900's

TV Set or Child?

The Williams family would have preferred a new TV set, but they got stuck with a kid instead. All because of the neighbors.

Source: Galesburg Register-Mail - Dec 28, 1959
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 07, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Television, Babies and Toddlers, 1950's

Baby Cage

Problem: It's hard to travel with a baby.

Solution: build a portable cage to carry your kid in. I wonder if the TSA would approve of these. Source: Illustrated World (Mar 1920).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 24, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Babies, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, 1920's

Spontaneous Baby Combustion Mystifies Doctors

He's caught on fire four different times. The theory is this baby is emitting combustible gas from his pores.


Here's the link to the story:

Even worse news? The family has been banned from the village since neighbors are afraid their houses will get burned down.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri Aug 23, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Babies and Toddlers


OZO from OZO Team on Vimeo.

This one deserves to be watched in fullscreen mode.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 04, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Cryptozoology, Family, Babies and Toddlers, Parents, Cartoons

Test Tube Babies

Intrigued by the trailer?

Watch the whole film below!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 28, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Family, Babies and Toddlers, Movies, Sexuality, 1940's, Pregnancy

Potty training in public

Infant port-a-potties must be the new thing. Last week I saw a mother having her kid go to the bathroom in one of them in the back of a pick-up truck in the parking lot of a local supermarket. Now here's a story about a mother who whipped out a port-a-potty in the middle of a crowded deli, and had her kid do her business right there, as the other diners looked on in disbelief. One diner snapped a photo, for the benefit of the internet.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 02, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Babies and Toddlers, Body Fluids, Excrement
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