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Baby Makes Three: 1952

Baby Makes Three: 1952
"This meeting of Ducky, Bunny & Baby Inc. is hereby called to order."

"Steven Lee -- 17 Feb 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes focuses on the youth demographic. Color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

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Childhood drapes

I don't know why I remember it so clearly, but our family had the identical drapes in our living room, circa 1959 or so. I even recall how they were, indeed, a heavy barkcloth. A note on my sentimentality...on Leave it to Beaver, Wally and the Beav had these exact drapes in their bedroom. Every time an episode came on showing the drapes I'd yell for my kids to come look at those things. They're still speaking to me...barely.


Not to be outdone by our Northern Friends, here again, in December 1963 is a Kodachrome of my oldest daughter, Robin, at age 8 Months, amusing herself in the Highchair.

Highchair tray

Wow, check out the beautiful wooden tray on that highchair. Of course, it would never pass muster today, since it would likely pinch Baby's fingers and create nonsense liabilities and blah blah snoring blah. But I would take it any day over the current plastic mediocrities.

[I guess people were shorter back then. - Dave]


The barkcloth drapes, rubber toys (before everything started to go to plastic) and the wooden feeding table - golden good old days.

Keeping the baby amused

whilst taking the picture, that's the way to do it!

C'est dur d'être bébé!

What the CPSC would think about 1950ties vintage plastic baby toys?

Those colors really scream "plasticizer". Yummy!

But they survived and thrived all the same.

And to think

In only 4 days I would be born. Watch out world.

I'm no expert

But these drapes, despite their shabby condition, seem to be a cut above the usual Minnesota Kodachrome fare. Imported from Wisconsin or Iowa, perhaps.

Mental Conditioning in the '50s Midwest

See, you get 'em used to weird fabrics real early on.

[Drapes by Seuss Interiors. - Dave]

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