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Babies and Vintage Bunnies

Yes, it is the Final Four. But we love antiques and we want to feature some that have recently been shared with us. They all tug at the heart. With Spring we can’t help but adore vintage bunnies and everything vintage for babies. Often collectors overlook antiques that were part of baby care. But, not only are they charming, they form part of our changing material culture.

from: Meda Branwell: “More…”

Meda collects vintage baby items and has shared several wonderful photos of her collection with us all at Dusty. It’s wonderful to see here, the hand embroidered little cotton shirt, the crocheted booties, the talc tin (which we’d never use today!), the delicate bib and other things. They bring back so many memories!

from: Eleanor Oliver: “Here is a closeup of some of the oldest pieces”

Eleanor collects Easter basket toys, many dating back to the 1920’s. We love the white bunny in this photo.

from: Patricia McStoots: “Ihope someone can tell me about this its my plantation baby bed it has been in my family at least 100yrs i got it from my greatgrandmother”

Patricia’s screened baby crib looks to be one of the very early versions of the “Kiddie Koop” manufactured by the Nurseryland Furniture Company of Rochester, NY. The company registered their patent for the Kiddie Koop in 1913 and continued making them, in updated versions, through at least WWII. Later ones were painted white and often had wheels. Some could be folded up for easy transport or storage. They kept insects, “varmints”, pets, snakes and other children away from the sleeping or playing baby. Obviously they also kept the baby “in”. The ones with wheels were used to move a baby into other rooms or outside on a porch or in the yard.

We always have to keep in mind how obsessed parents were in the early part of the 20th century, especially during and after the Spanish flu epidemic, with preventing disease. Screening became widely used. Patricia’s wonderful crib is a part of that. It’s a darling piece that is part of our history.

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