Wow! Vintage baby snaps give precious glimpse into the past

Woman feeding baby 1947

It’s good to remember simpler days, but let’s be grateful for the heath and happiness-improving advances we now have the benefit of, too!

While icy scales, chilly stethescopes and splinter-ridden playpens are hopefully a thing of the past, a mother’s love, caring health professionals and joyful chubby cheeks are as familiar as ever.

Scroll through to catch a glimpse of giant nappies, perfectly combed baby curls and the most adorable Peter Pan collars we ever did see!

Nurse with mother and baby

Nurse with mother and baby circa 1950 (above)
Photographer: Alexandra Studio
Source: Toronto History

 

Musical comedy star Dorothy Brunton with five small children, St Margaret's Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney / photographer Sam Hood

Musical comedy star Dorothy Brunton with five small children, St Margaret’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, Sydney (above)
Photographer Sam Hood
Source: State Library of New South Wales

 

Baby Clinic

Baby Clinic, circa 1950 (above)
Photographer: Alexandra Studio
Source: City of Toronto Archives

 

"The box was used as a playpen while mother was helping with the milking" - Eungai Creek, NSW, C.R. Jarvis

“The box was used as a playpen while mother was helping with the milking” (above)
Eungai Creek, NSW, C.R. Jarvis
Source: State Library of NSW

 

Boy in pedal car with baby in 'rumble seat', Sydney, ca. 1935 / photographer Sam Hood

Boy in pedal car with baby in ‘rumble seat’ (above)
Sydney, circa 1935
Photographer: Sam Hood
Source: State Library of New South Wales

 

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Young mothers with their children receive nutritional assistance and advice. (above)
Source: US Department of Agriculture

 

Study of a small girl with a prize Scottish terrier dog, c. 1935 / by Sam Hood

Study of a small girl with a prize Scottish terrier dog (above)
Circa 1935
Photographer: Sam Hood
Source: State Library of NSW

 

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A mother feeds her infant using Farina purchased with food stamps. (above)
November 1969.
Source: US Department of Agriculture

 

Baby Clinic

Baby Clinic circa 1950 (above)
Photographer: Alexandra Studio
Source: City of Toronto Archives

 

Baby being spoon fed

Baby being spoon fed circa 1947 (above)
Photographer: Howard MacDonald
Source: City of Toronto Archives

 

Dutch immigrant man with baby at Union Station

Dutch man with baby at Union Station (above)
Source: City of Toronto Archives

 

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Preschool child is weighed by African American nurse at an improvised baby station and child health clinic set up in a church. (above)
Source: Children’s Bureau Centennial

 

Thanks to these various government bodies for making these beautiful images available to us.

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