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See How the Stroller Has Changed in 100 Years!

Updated on April 3, 2020
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1900s: status symbol, big wheels, carrycot, goat

As with car development, so did the stroller of the stroller. The aristocracy encouraged its development, and after the sale of the patent it began its conquest of America. See how children were pushed in Hungary between 1900 and 1970!

(Opening image: Fortepan / Kiskos Vajk donor from 1972, and Fortepan collection from 1940, with Batthyány-Montenuovo castle in the German Boulevard in the background.)

Donald MAGYAR donor (1910) March 15 (Oath) Square, dormitory wing built by the Piarist Order on the Glöckelsberg site in 1760,
Donald MAGYAR donor (1910) March 15 (Oath) Square, dormitory wing built by the Piarist Order on the Glöckelsberg site in 1760, | Source
Photo: Fortepan (1915)
Photo: Fortepan (1915)

The more serious designs began in the 1840s in America, where the patent was sold.

Here it was pulled into production and functionality was also in focus; brake and parasol appeared. Initially they started with the shape of a postal wagon, but it did not prove to be stable enough, so two larger wheels were put behind, counterbalancing the front part.

Photo: Fortepan (1910)
Photo: Fortepan (1910)

The strollers have been made of wood or wicker baskets for a long time, and the elements of expensive brass tapping have been held together. As you can see, in the 1910s, wagons were typically made of wood in Hungary. The idea of ​​turning the stroller came up at that time, in parallel with the wheels being individually movable, making maneuvering easier. The stroller has become fashionable, especially among the aristocracy; it has become a status symbol, a richly decorated luxury item, often designed individually for affluent families.

Photo: Fortepan / AR (1913) Croatia, Opatija port.
Photo: Fortepan / AR (1913) Croatia, Opatija port.

Before the invention of the stroller, babies were most often carried in hand or cloth and back. Stroller-like tools were used around 1620, but they were more like three-wheel chairs that the little man could sit on. The prototype of the stroller, a shell-shaped three-wheeled vehicle, was made at the request of the Duke of Devonshire in 1733. Designed to be pulled by a goat, dog or pony - similar to the model above.

20s, 30s, 40s: it is no longer just a fad, it can provide security

Photo: Fortepan / Donald MAGYAR donor (1919) Horváth Garden, houses in the background stand at the intersection of Alagút Street and Attila Road.
Photo: Fortepan / Donald MAGYAR donor (1919) Horváth Garden, houses in the background stand at the intersection of Alagút Street and Attila Road.

Demand for life-enhancing structures has increased. At the same time, photos from Fortepan show that only in the late 1930s did its appearance become more characteristic in Hungary, and for a long time only the richer layers could afford it.

Photo: Fortepan (1924)
Photo: Fortepan (1924)

Similarly, despite the significant changes in the shape of strollers in the history of strollers from the 1920s onwards, photographs of the 1900s can still be seen in Hungarian photographs. They weren't safe enough yet, but it's also true that the richest families could have great custom designs.


Photo: Fortepan / Donna BARNA Donor (1925)
Photo: Fortepan / Donna BARNA Donor (1925)
A chair-converted stroller, certainly an own development. Photo: Fortepan (1929)
A chair-converted stroller, certainly an own development. Photo: Fortepan (1929)
Photo: Fortepan / PÉTER RÉVAY donor (1934)
Photo: Fortepan / PÉTER RÉVAY donor (1934)

From the 1930s, a new generation of strollers is reaching the country: designers have placed an increasing emphasis on safety, making the stroller lower and deeper, and the folding, sporty models began to overwhelm the market. Did they know? Until the Second World War, Germany was the center of the stroller industry.

Photo: Fortepan / VESZPRÉM COUNTY LETTER / KLAUSZER donor (1934)
Photo: Fortepan / VESZPRÉM COUNTY LETTER / KLAUSZER donor (1934)
Photo: Fortepan / LIVING TIVADAR (1941) City Mayor.
Photo: Fortepan / LIVING TIVADAR (1941) City Mayor.

50s, 60s, 70s: the stroller is for everyone, both sporty and in shell

Photo: Fortepan / GALI donor (1954)
Photo: Fortepan / GALI donor (1954)

More sporty, even folding strollers became popular in the fifties and sixties. The patent for the first folding wagon was filed in 1906, but it took decades for this version to be perfected - the so-called. umbrella cars are still very popular. Various manufacturers have placed increasing emphasis on safety and practicality - obviously no matter how best they can make their product marketable.

Photo: Fortepan (1955) Dob utca 61. Baby car manufacturer's range - it is clear that it is not sold as a stroller, but as a stroller and sports car.
Photo: Fortepan (1955) Dob utca 61. Baby car manufacturer's range - it is clear that it is not sold as a stroller, but as a stroller and sports car.
Photo: Fortepan / LECHNER NONPROFIT KFT. DOCUMENTATION CENTER / Donor (1966.) Stroller sale in Százhalombatta.
Photo: Fortepan / LECHNER NONPROFIT KFT. DOCUMENTATION CENTER / Donor (1966.) Stroller sale in Százhalombatta.
Photo: Fortepan / TIBOR KÁDAS donor (1972) Mór, Dózsa György utca 1., ÁFÉSZ department store.
Photo: Fortepan / TIBOR KÁDAS donor (1972) Mór, Dózsa György utca 1., ÁFÉSZ department store.
Photo: Donor BAUER Donor / 1967. To the right is Szerémi Row 12, opposite Baranyai Street - Szerém Row Intersection - 11th District.
Photo: Donor BAUER Donor / 1967. To the right is Szerémi Row 12, opposite Baranyai Street - Szerém Row Intersection - 11th District.

Growing up here or there, the photo below is a good example of the fact that in 1968 it wasn't so bad to slip on an old school two-wheeler.

Photo: Fortepan / GWEN JONES donor (1968)
Photo: Fortepan / GWEN JONES donor (1968)

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    • AshlyChristen profile image

      Ashly Christen 

      2 months ago from Illinois

      I was just watching a historical show and they put the baby in a wicker stroller/basket. I was just thinking how much strollers have changed over the years and then you wrote this! Must have heard my thoughts lol Very nice

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 months ago from UK

      I have seen great changes in stoller design even in a generation as it has been adapted to modern needs.

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