Chasing old Prams or Baby Carriers
#WeekendCoffeeShare 29 May
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been very occupied finding old catalogues on former days’ prams or baby carriers. My whole life I have been fascinated by the designs of these useful things from especially the forties and the fifties. In my research I was lucky to find a few catalogues also on models from the beginning of the twenties’ century and the thirties. The interest can be traced down to a very early age where I so intensely wanted a little brother or sister or at least a baby doll and a doll’s pram or carrier from the fifties.
I found an archive at a museum with a “gold mine” of brochures from different firms. The Odder factory had 75 years’ jubilee last year and had donated all their archived material to the Odder museum near by. I was lucky to find some of their rivals’ material from the period that interests me. I had to scan every picture at a time and had to return with my husband and with his help I am almost done. Some of my pictures are blurred and I have to return a last time. I seem to be the only one interested as the material was dumbed into three huge cardboard boxes and had never been put in order.
Nowadays only this one firm in Denmark has survived as the birth rate is low and many parts used for a pram or baby carrier are produced abroad. Between the two world wars we had at least ten different factories. The firms competed to such an extend that it is very difficult to discern where they belong. After the WWII designs were imitating the British style with names like New Look and “Eton” and “Winsor”. Those models very elegant and big but from the 1960s the prams or baby carriers had to be smaller again to fit into the family car.
Here comes a variety of pictures from the beginning of the twenties’ century until about 1960
- The design inspired from the horse-drawn carriage 1900-1920
- The design inspired by functionalism 1920-1940
- The design inspired by cars 1940-1965
My good friend Dorthe Lohmanns picture of her mother. We share the same interest
If we were having coffee I would ask if you are just a little interested in this or if you know of anybody who has anything to share on this interesting subject.