The annual event was held at a fairground in Palisades Park, New Jersey, from 1946 to 1955.
They were fiercely-fought competitions full of screaming, crying, and tantrums, but as one set of archived images reveals, baby-racing Diaper Derbies were in fact a popular spectator sport during the mid-twentieth century.
For some reason – probably health and safety gone mad – baby racing is no longer a thing you can go and see.
But these photos from the golden era of baby racing are amazing.
A number of years ago, I came across a copy of this carte de visite (CDV) photograph, copyrighted 1875 by the photographer William Shaw Warren of Boston.
It is without doubt the source image for a trade card design issued by Pond’s Extract, a patent medicine of the day.
Quite possibly the photograph was commissioned by The Pond’s Extract Company specifically to create their pond-pun trade card image.
The trade card can be found in a number of slight variations.
This one was printed by Mayer, Merkel & Ottman of New York City.
This one, in color, was produced by the firm of A.J. Maerz of Brooklyn.
Continue reading at Dick Sheaff’s wonderful blog via Baby in a Basin | Sheaff : ephemera
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, kids were used to promote cigarettes, firearms, drugs and much more.
Many of the ads — which feature things like cellophane-wrapped infants and gun-toting toddlers — seem irresponsible and creepy.
Read on and see more via vintage everyday: Creepy Vintage Ads Featuring Children.