Got a Baby? Got a Window?

This "baby cage" was marketed for families living in tenements without easy access to outdoor spaces.
Suspended from the side of the building, the baby would have access to fresh air and sunlight through the cage's wire frame, and still have sufficient room to play with toys, according to a patent filed in 1922 by an Emma Read of Spokane, WA. The patent also notes that the cage could double as a place to sleep, with removable curtains working to prevent a draft.

There is an additional photo and further explanation at the Atlantic link.

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the Hasidim in south Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, still use these. every building with Hasidic tenants there has these really intense iron bars on all the windows and there's always a wrought iron version of a baby cage in at least one window. and yes toys do fall through, and sometimes toys are forcibly thrown at shiksa outsiders.
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I guess baby cages were pretty common back then. I was watching an older movie about a family who had a child that they continually suggested was "lame" or mentally handicapped and they kept him in a cage with a pad lock and only took him out for 5 minutes at a time. Sometimes the child would be in there with the dog as well. It may have been a comical suggestion but it didnt seem so.
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