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Yes, it Happened: Babies in Cages (PHOTOS)

Baby cage

There are no words

And you thought the babies wrapped in cellophane were bad?

I suppose you could argue that playpens and cribs are really just baby cages disguised with mobiles and cute bedding. But to look at a baby in a crib and then a baby in an actual cage is to see one thing that’s pretty normal and one thing that horribly awful.

Apparently it was a thing in the 1930s for urban families with little space to put babies in cages suspended outside of windows so they could get some fresh air and sunshine.  Never mind child guards on windows, acrophobia or, you know, the risk of the whole thing failing and the baby splattering across the sidewalk. Never mind just holding the baby and actually going outside.

Ugh. Check at these incredible photos of babies in cages:

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  • How did I get here? 1 of 5
    How did I get here?
    Good question, Junior.
  • Pay no attention to the gaps on either side 2 of 5
    Pay no attention to the gaps on either side
    Nothing to see here, folks.
  • Yeah, I know this looks weird 3 of 5
    Yeah, I know this looks weird
    That's because it is weird.
  • Is this any better? 4 of 5
    Is this any better?
    Hey, at least I'm not dangling outside of a window.
  • At least I’m not in a cage 5 of 5
    At least I'm not in a cage
    Although perhaps there was a better way to get me from Point A to Point B other than via the U.S. Postal Service.

All photos courtesy of Retronaut.co

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