Did you know that in 1888 they had to have licenses in Germany before they could take their baby out in a pram.You had to show the license should you be stopped and you had to drive it on the right side of
Have things really changed much since the 1800's? Strolling in the fresh air was considered a joy and necessary for good health and motherhood. Strolls thru the park were social events and the Victorian’s loved to meet with people and show off their wealth. This type of carriage acted a almost like a movable throne for displaying an infant. A woman could not proudly advertise her position as a mother without her little ones at her side. This type of baby carriage ensured her child was presented prominently facing passers-by rather than facing herself, demonstrating to all around her that she was a successful wife and mother.
The Victorian woman was concerned for proper ventilation and hygiene. Social books such as Rules of Conduct for Polite Society stressed that one should rejoice with nature. One's passion for nature was seen everywhere and eagerly brought indoors. Delicate flowers and leaves were collected to be pressed in books for keepsakes. In the parlor, collected shells were displayed and often crafted into mementos. This obsessive passion for nature and the outdoors visibly enhanced the quest for carriages.
I am truly in love with a wicker carriage I purchased 20 years ago in a little antique store for $50.00.Its airy appearance increases a feeling of union with nature, and yet pleasing to the eye.To complete a carriage required three days of 12 to 14 hours. The hand process was slow and tedious, however, it enabled carriages from the golden era to survive today.While early carriages were made of willow, reed was preferred as it had the capability to take stain. Interior upholstery was made available in soft silk, tapestry, damask, velour or broadcloth in lush colors of sapphire, cardinal, golden brown, myrtle and more.I'm thinking I should give my carriage[ which I have named Daisy ] a coat of varnish and a new tapestry lining, or maybe go funky and leopard.She was made by The Fulton Company.Originally a go-cart manufacturer in Milwaukee, the Fulton Manufacturing Company was purchased in 1918 by legendary Bay City businessman William F. Jennison, renamed the Fulton Company and moved to mid-Michigan. It was organized to manufacture and sell children's furniture and accessories. The company no longer exists.