19 Weird Historical Devices That Our Close Ancestors Actually Used

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17. Gas mask pram

During World War II, the threat of a chemical gas attack was a real danger, and inventors wanted to protect the most vulnerable in society. This pram allowed concerned parents to transport their little ones, safe in the knowledge that they were being protected from toxic fumes.

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16. Baby cages

Baby cages were all the rage in the early 1900s, as apartment-dwelling parents felt that their youngsters weren’t getting enough fresh air. However, the well-intentioned idea left many tots hanging hundreds of feet in the air in a pretty rickety-looking wire cage. Needless to say, we’ve now replaced this idea with a stroll in the park.

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15. Multi-pack cigarette holder

While Parenty’s smoking machine turned any party into a smokey, cancerous haze, this multi-pack cigarette holder allowed nicotine lovers to smoke multiple cigarettes at once. Luckily, this very unhealthy invention has now been confined to the dustbin of history.

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