Advert for Thomas Rae, pram manufacturers
Medium: Print on paper
From the mid-19th century onwards, parents were encouraged to use perambulators and bassinettes. However many were uncomfortable and so badly designed that children would occasionally fall out of their carriages. Queen Victoria purchased three different models, and made the use of baby carriages very popular.
In 1873 the police force introduced regulations banning baby carriages from the pavements. It was felt that these four-wheeled vehicles often caused obstructions and could be dangerous. They withdrew this policy in 1880.