[1891]
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Although baby carriages were invented in the 1700s (by English architect William Kent in 1733), it wasn’t until 1889 when the modern stroller was born with William Richardson’s patent.  This patent changed the history of baby transportation!  The important changes Richardson made were including independently moving wheels, which led to greater maneuverability, and the reversible baby basket, which could face both ways.  Here’s the patent picture:

Patent for the Modern Stroller

Scroll through the pictures below to watch the evolution of the baby stroller from the 1890s to the present day. These prams, baby carriages, buggies, strollers- whatever you call them- were fascinating to sort through! We love watching the children’s and parents’ clothing change throughout the decades!

1895

Outdoor posed photograph of two women setting out on a walk with their babies in prams, 1890-1900.

1890's

Chidren in the Pram

1901

Weldon Earl Borland (1906-2002)

1906

Vintage Portrait of two Babies in an Old Fashioned Antique Baby Carriage Buggy

1905-1913

1908 Prince Ferdinand

1908-Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia

Children's portrait

1909

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1912-Suffrage Parade NYC

1913

1915

Mother and child in about 1918

1918

1920s

1931

1936

1943- NYC

PEDIGREE

1951

1953 Frances Texin and Baby Carriage

1953

Early 1950s

1950s- Taylor Tot Stroller

1960s

On a stroll in Menlo Park

1969

Boston, 1971

Boston, 1971

stylin' 70s

1976-NYC

1977

I Like Bananas

1983

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1983

Carl Lieberman with his son Zach

1987

Free Zoo!

1989

mom and me 1991

1991

Cam-album1-34

1993

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1997

New Stroller

2000

Family at the Zoo

2004

moms, Myrtle Street Playground, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts

2007- Boston

coolest-dad

2008- Stokke

Stroller built for two

2009

2010-06-nyc-003-mjl

2010

2011- Stokke Xplory Winter Kit

2011- Orbit G2 with Sidekick Stroller Board

2011- Bugaboo Donkey

2012- UPPAbaby Vista with Bassinet

2013- 4moms Origami Stroller

2013- BOB Revolution CE

2014- Stokke Scoot

4 comments on “The Baby Stroller: A Visual History

  1. It’s definitely interesting to see the progression of baby strollers throughout history. I have to say, the very first ones were quite laughable — the wheels were bigger than the baby. :D It just goes to show what a long way they’ve come. I’m glad you included the Stokke Xplory.. it’s the first stroller to introduce a new concept and I can see future strollers following it.

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