Vintage baby gear from the 1950s: Playpens, strollers & more

Vintage baby gear from the 1950s

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Happi-Time walker-strollers for baby’s healthful outings

Converts to walker – Folds compactly for storage – Keeps tots safe, happy – Steel play tray for baby’s entertainment

Vintage Happi-Time Walker-Strollers from 1955

Easy-to-manage Walker-Strollers

Good … has strong wood seat

Roomy and comfortable for baby, with big 5-inch rubber-tired wheels to give a smooth, easy ride. Wheels have self-oiling bearings . . front wheels have coil-spring shock absorbers.

Sturdy enameled steel frame with a removable footrest. Plastic covered bumpers on the front and back protect furniture, mother’s stockings, etc. Play tray and non-toxic beads for baby’s amusement. 35 inches from the ground to the top of the folding tubular steel handle. Red and white.

Better… has reclining back

Three-position reclining back gives baby the king-like ease he deserves. Adjusts easily with one hand. Tuifiex® fiber padding on seat and back. Heavy-duty chrome-plated tubular steel frame folds quickly and easily for storage.

Canopy adjusts to three heights and all angles to keep sun from baby’s eyes. Big, easy-rolling wheels with nylon bearings, clincher tires. Roomy market basket in back stays in place even in full reclining position. 36 inches high to handle. Plastic coated dark blue with light blue seat and backrest.

Vintage baby strollers from 1959

Best Honeysuckle stroller

Can be used in 3 ways… as a walker, as a stroller, or as a carriage bed. Canopy adjusts to 3 positions.

Vintage Honeysuckle stroller with canopy from 1959

Tubular steel walkers with washable duck seats

Here’s all the help and support baby needs to take those important first steps. Removable duck seat is washable. Chromed tubular steel frame, ball bearing casters, and rubber bumpers. Folds flat for easy storage or carrying.

Vintage 50s baby walkers on wheels

Baby swings and door bouncers

Retro baby swings and vintage door bouncers

Baby potty training seats

Comfy molded plastic training seats with built-in deflectors… all fit adult-type fixtures. Honeysuckle panel-back nursery chairs with plastic vessels, deflector and training aids.

Vintage baby potty training seats from 1954

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Folding safety gates

Close off stairways, windows, doors — guard tots from tumbles, your valuables from tiny hands. Keeps pets in or out, too. Varnished wood. Little fingers can’t open the strong safety lock.

No screws or nails!

Self-locking safety gate. Just fit into door frame, adjust to proper width, then snap shut. Tension and pressure on sides of opening keeps gate firmly locked in place. Just pull to open. Rubber cushions at contact points keep finish of door- frame unharmed. Slats of northern hardwood, non-toxic finish.

Vintage baby gear - safety gates from the 50s

Big new outdoor play yard

Now your toddler can enjoy all the advantages of outdoor play without traffic, trash, stray dogs and countless other hazards. Simply place on clean, level grassy plot. Straight grain pine top and bottom rails. Heavy spindles, doweled and set in marine glue.

Vintage baby gear - folding play yards from the 50s

Honeysuckle mesh net play pens

Old-fashioned portable cribs and playpens - 1950s

Baby care accessories & weighing scales

Vintage baby scales and care accessories from the fifties

4-way vintage playpen & crib combo

Four uses! It’s a full-size play pen, half-size play pen, crib or dressing table

Also: Hardwood folding play yard with canopy

Retro '50s play pens and crib combos - Hardwood

Honeysuckle baby baskets

“Rocking” baby basket on stand and carrying basket on detachable folding stand.

Four springs inset at corners let you rock your baby gently to sleep. Swivel plates on center of each end hold basket firmly on folding hardwood base. Handle at one end locks basket in position. Fiber basket with hood, plastic ruffles.

Old-fashioned baby baskets from the fifties

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Our best baby bassinet basket

Vintage baby bassinet - basket from 1959

Old-fashioned hardwood high chairs

Our lowest-priced hardwood high chair

A really fine High Chair at an exceptionally low price. Smartly-styled, sturdily made of select, seasoned hardwood with lovely natural waxed birch finish. Comfortable panel-type back. 4 stretchers and fixed footrest brace chair securely… legs are widespread to prevent tipping.

Thick panel-back hardwood high chair

Massively-styled, ruggedly-built High Chair. Constructed of select, seasoned, sanded hardwood in choice of two finishes. Better quality than chair at left. Thick panel back helps ward off harmful drafts. Braced with 5 stretchers.

Two-way hardwood high chair… converts to play table

A fine dual-purpose High Chair. Use for feeding then as playtime table, too! Playtable top surface has gray color high-pressure plastic top… mar, heat and stain-resistant!

Old-fashioned high chairs from the fifties

Vintage portable changing tables/baby baths

Bathinette with dressing top and tray.

Old-fashioned baby changing table and bath from the fifties

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Boodle Buggy baby carriages

Baby buggy - carriages from 1952

Fold-away vintage baby gear from the ’50s

Most women feel that nothing takes up more room in a home than a baby, unless it is a husband, and he can be dealt with.

One way to deal with a baby in small quarters is to buy the new equipment, which makes it possible to fold up everything but the baby.

During the past two years, cribs, carriages and eating tables that tuck away have been made lighter, sturdier, more compact, much easier to carry and to open and close.

Brand-new additions are the play-pen [below] and a baby bath to attach to a washbasin. Not only is this equipment practical at home, but it makes travel with the baby far easier.

Vintage playpens - Fold-away baby gear from 1955 (2)

ABOVE: Collapsible baby equipment from the 1950s

Collapsible equipment for baby includes, from left:

  • Kel-Art’s Carry Crib to use on any bed, $15;
  • Thayer’s feeding table which has folded seat in top, $25;
  • Tigrett’s folded playpen (shown open at top of page);
  • Columbia Tuk-A-Way stroller with shopping bag, $17;
  • Pram-Crib at back and Baby-Pullman (right), both shown on next page.

Top: New playpen with metal legs, nylon-Dacron net sides, weighs 17 pounds, folds for travel, costs $28.

The Play-Square & Play-A-Round net playpens

Compact… fits neatly into corners — or roomy… it rolls and has a colorful net. A comfortable haven for child… frees mom for other chores.

Round and rounded mesh baby playpens from the 1950s

Folding baby furniture

Baby Bath which fits on most washbasins is made of aluminum tubing with plastic tub. It folds up under basin. By Fold-O-Bath, it costs about $22.

Vintage fold-away baby bath from 1955


…can be used in back seat as a crib or opened up as shown here to make a play area. Built by Stacy, it weighs 23 pounds, costs about $15.

Vintage fold-away gear from 1955 BABY-PULLMAN

Perambulating crib by Thayer ($25)

Folds up compactly with the mattress inside, weighs only 15 pounds. It can be used as bed or carriage.

PERAMBULATING CRIB by Thayer baby gear from 1955

Travel crib-pen and travel beds

Old-style baby travel cribs from 1959

ALSO SEE: See cute vintage baby nursery furniture & bedroom decor they had in the fifties

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