A ‘Child Transport’ Timeline

There are many different types, styles and models of prams (or Perambulators) and a few of them even date back to before the middle of the 18th century. I have compiled a wonderful collection of various prams and child transport models and you can see them below. The first one is a pram that was built for the Duke of Devonshire by a very well known and famous architect called William Kent. He built this pram to help entertain the children of the Duke and Duchess.

Here is a photo dating way back to the 1930s. It shows a lion pulling a baby cart. The caption on the image said something along the lines of: “Please take note that it would not be safe to harness a lion onto a baby cart once it is fully grown”. Do you really think it was necessary to say this? I don’t know. Some people.

The next pram on our child transport timeline is one that dates back to around 1900. It is another very ornate perambulator, which was the proper name for them during this period in history. This particular perambulator has a nice wicker basket, which was fitted onto the frame during the manufacturing process.

 

This pram doesn’t exactly have the most beautiful looking demeanor but it was once a highly popular choice with the mothers of the 1850s right through to the end of the 19th century. These were mass-produced and were not only sold to British parents but were also exported throughout Europe and beyond. Some even reached the African continent. These are solid little buggies on very small wheels.

 

Here is another old photo dating from the early 20th century. It consists of an ostrich pulling some kids in a cart. The reason we didn’t want to call this timeline a ‘Pushchair Timeline’ was because we knew that this title would not be accurate due to the fact that we have some carts which are not exactly pushchairs as such, like this one here.

This next pram is a real favorite of mine. I love the retro look and feel of this one and it looks great in the light blue color that it is finished in. This pram dates from around the 1970s and they were a really solid child transport option. Parents no longer wanted to carry their children around everywhere they went so many more were choosing to invest in a decent pram. This particular model was also large enough to accommodate two small babies so if you were fortunate enough to have twins, which some parents obviously were, this would have been a wise choice.

This is another pram from the late 60s to early 70s, as you can probably tell by the style of the motorcar next to the pram in the photo. This one was finished in a black plastic with a black hood that would have helped to protect the child’s head from the heat from the scorching sun.

This is a fantastic idea. It’s a pram planter. Prams were so ornate that they were not just used to pull children around but they were also used for all kinds of other things. This was just another one of those useful things that a pram could be used for.


This one is a wicker type pram, mostly used by little girls to carry their dolls around. However, many parents also used this pram to transport their children around. It was made of 4 small wheels on a metal frame and it was finished with a wicker basket being fitted onto the metal frame
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Here is a pram that dates back to the early 1900s. This particular model is made of a plastic base and plastic hood. It is orange with yellow edges and has a large metal handle. The hood could be folded down to let air and light in when the weather permitted.

This pram dates from the 1920s and consists of 4 large wheels and a plastic basket on top. The frame is made of iron and again, the hood on the basket can be left up or folded down, depending on what the weather permitted, of course.

Here is a great photo of a young child being pulled along by a couple of Turkeys. People used to use all manner of power and animal or ‘horsepower’ as it was referred to, was a cheap and cheerful, if not dangerous, way of transporting your kids in the olden days.

This large pram was a very sturdy model and was built between the 1920s and the 1930s. Thousands of them were actually made and many were exported to other countries from the United Kingdom.

This old thing was found in a French cupboard a few years ago and we simply had to use it in this timeline of old prams. It is as rusty as a pram could ever get and will probably never be used again so I am not entirely sure why anyone would want to keep such an antique. And antique it is. This one dates from the turn of the 19th century so therefore is one of the older prams on our list. It does look lovely though, doesn’t it?

This image is of several babies, all lined up in their matching prams in a garden. I assume they are not all brothers’ and sisters’ otherwise the parents must have really had their hands full with this lot. These prams were used during the war and this image is more than likely a picture of a shelter, which was used to protect women and children during that era.

Another garden setting, this time of lots of different colored prams sat out on the lawn. This is more than likely a picture of prams belonging to the little brothers or little sisters of the children that can be seen in the background, playing in the dirt. It makes for a lovely photograph. The variety of prams here would have been a talking point with the parents. They would all be admiring each other’s prams.

This is another one made of wicker and is set on small wheels that were painted red. This is a very ornamental pram and these were quite popular during and after the wartime. These types of prams were manufactured in the UK and then exported to countries all over the globe, including India and China.

This pram is another one that I just love. It has a beautifully designed wicker basket on top of four large wheels. They were very simple but also very beautiful, too. This one has been restored to its original condition by having it cleaned by a specialist antique restorer.

This one is a clear favorite of mine. It shows a crocodile pulling a baby around in its pram. What will they think of next? Of course, this idea was not one that caught on very well so when the press released a story about a crocodile killing and eating a child it was forced to pull along, the idea died with that story.

The wicker style prams, as you will be able to tell from this article, were very popular and were used by a massive number of parents throughout the ages. Here is a huge
wheeled pram with an ornamentally designed wicker basket on the top of the frame. A parent could, essentially, carry more than one child in such a large pram. Even the handle on this one is really ornate.

 

This post is written by George Peterson for Serenity You

 

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  1. Holly Higgins 12th March 2014 Reply

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