Sunday, April 23, 2006
In case you didn't know, the baby carriage was invented in 1733 by English architect William Kent for the 3rd Duke of Devonshire's children. The first baby carriages were designed to be pulled by dogs or Shetland ponies and were large and bulky!
Can you imagine:
"Honey, I'm going to take the baby out for a stroll."
"I'll have the pony ready in just a second."
As they developed through the years suspension was added, making the ride smoother for both the baby and the person pushing it.
Uh, no kidding, anyone who has been on a vehicle with little or no suspension knows the value of that!
A human-powered baby carriage was not developed in the United States until Charles Burton came up with the idea in 1848.
That's more than a century afterwards! Took humans long enough to have that idea!!!
Pedestrians, in America at least, did not take kindly to Burton's invention at first as inexperienced operators tended to run into them.
too funny! It reminds me of those subway scenes in certain countries where the doors open and instead of the people who are exiting taking one side and the ones entering, the other, they just moronically colide into one big mess! LOL