"Back in my day, we used to walk 5 miles to school in sub-zero temperatures without batting an eyelid. Not like you spoiled little brats these days!" We all have an older relative who says things like this about raising kids. They are despairing the coddled youth with their smartphones, crappy music, and parents that seemingly can't say no to their every demand.

And you know what? They might actually have a point on the parenting styles of today. Although the world might seem like a more dangerous place now with higher safety standards required, kids of previous generations had to make their own entertainment. They had to learn to look after themselves from a younger age and take far more risks while doing so. Parents didn't have things like Mumsnet to help them with parenting tips, alternatively, guilt and stress them out for letting kids go out of the safe environments and learn from their own mistakes.

To celebrate the eccentric approaches of old-school parenting and child safety, we here at Bored Panda have put together a list of parents and their kids doing things that would horrify the mommy and daddy bloggers and Instagrammers of today. What's your opinion on the evolution of parenting over the years? Scroll down below to check out the vintage photos for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

Me Back In 1991 Just Your Typical Aussie Kid Drinking Xxxxlight Beer(I Wasn't Aloud Heavies Back Then) And Holding A Baby Crocodile

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Raven Collins
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2 years ago

Australian levels check out ✔💯

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#2

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

My Mother And Grandmother Demonstrating Safety Standards In The 1960s

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Biljana Malesevic
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2 years ago

This makes me uncomfortable.

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#3

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

If Your Mum Didn't Lay On The Ground Making Herself Into A Ramp For Your New BMX, Did She Even Love You? 1980's

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

That's one strong mom

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#4

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

California Marijuana Initiative Rally 1972. That’s Me In The Box And My Parents In The Picture

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Withnail
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2 years ago

Groovy baby!

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#5

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

My Dad And His Veterinarian Mother, With Their Pet Lion Which They Raised For Two Years, 1959

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Aramis
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2 years ago

your mum is cooler then i will ever be also cute lion

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#6

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

Princess Yvonne And Prince Alexander In Germany, 1955

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tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

If I was in Germany in 1955 I'd need a drink and a cigarette too.

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#7

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

A Couple Ice Skating With Their Baby, 1937

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

So many possibilities how this can go horrificly wrong..

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#8

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

Infant Me, My Mother & Father At A Bar Because That's How Parents Rolled In The Early '80s

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Aaron W
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2 years ago

I hung in bars too when I was little. Then they wouldn't let me back in until I was 20 - I must have been a rough toddler.

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#9

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

The Pinnacle Of Parenting: 1930s Swimming Lesson

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Bobby's Girl
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2 years ago

My father threw me into Tampa Bay. I was about 3 years old. I learned to swim in a hurry, because there were scary things swimming around in that water! Google "Horseshoe Crab" and you'll understand.

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#10

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

Car Seat Safety In 1958. Not Strapped In To Anything, These Seats Relied On The Mother To Put Her Arm Out And Stop The Baby From Falling Forward

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Aaron W
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2 years ago

Before physics was invented.

María Hermida
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2 years ago

😅😅😅😅😅😅😅

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tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

You guys are not accounting for how strong women's arms were in the 50's.

M O'Connell
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2 years ago

And you're also not accounting for how carefully people drove. Economy cars would max out at 55mph, and take their sweet time getting there, and everyone drove defensively because 4-wheel 8" drum brakes would take forever to stop you.

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KarmaQueen
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2 years ago

I remember when I was a kid running back and forth in the back seat as my parents drove the car.

Full Name
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2 years ago

I used to sleep in the back window.

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Gracie Mae
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2 years ago

i remember my oldest just lying on the front seat while I was driving (up until about 3 months), then in the carrier. Car seats were not mandatory until the mid-late 80s, I think. to this day, right arm shoots over to the passenger side when someone is sitting there & I have to brake a little hard!

Milena
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2 years ago

:-) mine too !!

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Wanda Queen
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2 years ago

yep I clearly remember standing in the front seat in the mid to late 70's with my arms wrapped around my mother's neck singing "you are soooooo bootiful....to meeee" while careening down the road

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

Was that right after you guys left the bar?

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Uwe Theiss
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2 years ago

Don't look at the baby, look at the driver. No seatbelt and she is sitting in front of a spear. Retractable steering columns that colaps when crashing where invented much later. Getting impaled by your own car was pretty common.

GalaxyMoo
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2 years ago

I don't see a spear

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Hans
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2 years ago

There is a reason for car crashes back then even at 30 km/h (20 mp/h) easily were fatal. Also to The adults.

bobbifein55
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2 years ago

Mom: the original seat belt!

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
2 years ago

Child of the Sixties, here. We didn't even have a "car seat." My mom let us stand up on the seat, and threw her arm across us when she stopped at a light/stop sign, or if something made her stop suddenly. It's a wonder we're still alive.

Madeline Allman
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2 years ago

the baby is like FUCK NO MOM!!

anarkzie
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it would be safer to just duct tape the kid to the front of the car, that kids going to go flying face forward into the dashboard no matter how slow you're going before you stop.

Bill
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2 years ago

Duct tape hadn't been invented yet

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Slune
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2 years ago

At least she's not texting!

Shauna Mañana
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2 years ago

lol

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Bill
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2 years ago

Notice there are no seatbelts in the car

Master Markus
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2 years ago

I mean, yeah, back then "seats" were basically just padded benches.

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

I still sometimes see a mother with baby or toddler on her lap in the passeneger seat, not even using a seat belt. "I didn`t think anything would happen"-think.

Shauna Mañana
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2 years ago

Yeah, my mom said I was bouncing on her pregnant lap when my dad drove her to the hospital for delivery of my brother

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Blakkur Sverrir
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2 years ago

And it slso looks soooo comfy

cablecargal
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2 years ago

I'll always remember the 'Mom Arm" while driving in the '70s in Ford Pinto (that did not explode on cross-country trips!). It's such a habit, she still starts to do it...then realizes it's 2019.

Lyndsey
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, but I'm a teenager, and where I'm from, it wasn't illegal to not wear seatbelts as long as you were in the backseat in my childhood. (It's illegal now). When my dad was young, it wasn't illegal to not wear a seatbelt in the front seats as well.

Magpie
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2 years ago

The driver also had no seat belt.

Nubmaeme
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2 years ago

At the time that picture was taken, no one had ever heard of strapping your kids into a device worthy of a fighter pilot or even of strapping yourself into your car.

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Kim Lorton
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2 years ago

My mother threw her arm across me until I was16! And then if she forgot there were seatbelts! Nothing like your mom smashing your boobs for safety’s sake!

Lori Ryel
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2 years ago

She’s missing a cigarette in her right hand

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

the baby? Geeze, give them a break - they just left the bar after all. Probably out of ciggies.

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Annamay
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2 years ago

Cars were made of steel those days. So we're mothers.

Janice Seagraves
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2 years ago

I was born when there were no baby seats, so this is better than what I had.

Steve Cruz
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2 years ago

Population control

Amanda Solheim
Community Member
2 years ago

So THAT'S where my grandma got that habit. My mom, too, but I think she got it from grandma. And now I have that habit, though usually it's just my purse I'm saving lol!😂

NWB
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2 years ago

when i break suddenly I save my handbag with my arm.....same thing right?

Rebekah
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2 years ago

And DAMN that arm hurt.

Dave Cornelius
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2 years ago

And the good old sticky Fingerhut Vinyl seat covers.

Joyce Berman
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2 years ago

That's what we did. Nothing like the car seats available now were made back then. Most of us survived and in 50 years, what we do now will look primitive, too.

Oliver Casasola
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2 years ago

Safety first! hahaha

Armando Garcia
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2 years ago

That mom didn't have to worry because the baby is holding on.

Dog Lover
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2 years ago

On the way home from the hospital when I was born, my 8 year old sister nursed me in the car, no seat belts!

Donald Holder*Doc
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2 years ago

I can only say thank God for technical advancements in Auto engineering and safety products.

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

Like the Family Truckster.

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Jo Ellen Washburn
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2 years ago

Been there, done that.

Mya Lugar
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2 years ago

It looks more like a catapult than a safety device! If she has to stop fast his seat tips foward into the dash or dumps him out

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

But its ok, he won't go far if he's catapulted - the windshield should stop him from getting too far away.

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NoJo
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2 years ago

Jackie O if she'd been born into a middle class family.

Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

Before road speeds increased and crazy drivers increased

Marianna Estrada
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1 year ago

Hell you had a special seat!,I was born 52, I remember photos with a bonnet on,next to my moms purse,oh I was old then maybe 1 1/2 then. Still here!! My moms hands were fast. PS if I stop fast today and your in the front seat I still do the hand save, honestly any one else?? Don't lie!!!

Deanna Hale
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1 year ago

When the speeds were lower, the cars were heavier, and the ratio of cars to people was 1:50!!!

OCDRobot
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1 year ago

The origins of the 'Mom save'

Ginny Foster-Cosby
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1 year ago

Glad that this changed. Saved many lifes.

Maggie Smith
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2 years ago

My arm was the seat belt and 50 years later the reflex is still there.

Maggie Smith
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2 years ago

I had one of those baby carriers for my son in 1968. He survived. It doesn't show it but, it had a metal heavy-gauge wire for hanging on the back of the front seat.

Annette Daguanno
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2 years ago

I can remember sitting on my mother’s lap or in between my fathers lap and the steering wheel helping to drive I was about 5 that would have been 1966

Eleanor Orser
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2 years ago

Yup, this is how it was.

Paula Parish
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2 years ago

I IN 2019 STILL TO THAT, EXCEPT NOW IT TO ADULTS!!!!!!!

Joelyn Kitzmiller
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2 years ago

My mother puts her arm out to this day...I’m 54

Jill Shaw
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2 years ago

My mom put me in one of those in the 60s and my sister in 71!. Crazy.

Jill Shaw
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2 years ago

My mom put me in the same kind in the 60s and my sister in 71. Crazy.

Dustie Delashaw
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2 years ago

I’m sure moms were much stronger then.😂

Jillian Hollingsworth
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2 years ago

This explains a lot...

Shelley Jennings
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2 years ago

My mom still puts her arm out for me. I'm 33

Ruth Anzalone
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2 years ago

mom's gotta stop short with her baby!!

Jubilation Lee
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2 years ago

is that just a plastic in-tray the baby's sitting in?

Orionpax75
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2 years ago

Lot safer driving back then, and lower speeds...still crazy though yikes

Stannous Flouride
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2 years ago

Lest anyone think that those old cars were "as safe as a battleship" check out this head-on collision test between a 1959 Chevy and a 2009 Chevy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPF4fBGNK0U

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
2 years ago

Like I said before, that good ol' "arm protection"

Anna Vyssiou
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2 years ago

Cars were fewer and slower back then too

Greg Mott
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2 years ago

The baby IS strapped into the chair; but, the chair isn’t attached to the car. I suppose that helps keep all of the “pieces” together after the baby is thrown thru the windshield!😳

Sophia Trinh
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2 years ago

The baby: “I better hang on!!!”

Shauna Mañana
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2 years ago

I was in a car bed (like a bassinet) when I was an infant. Pretty much on my own after that 😝

Susan Riley
Community Member
2 years ago

This is only slightly worse than what was available in 1970, when I had an infant in a car.

ForkNBeans
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2 years ago

And when you filed your claim, new insurance rates were based on the kind of dent left by the baby.

Curious Cat
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2 years ago

bahahahaha

Debbie Brodeur
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2 years ago

Cars had no seatbelts then

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
2 years ago

That's how I grew up too. And none of us three.kids were injured in car accidents.

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
2 years ago

We did survive.

okpkpkp
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2 years ago

The seatbelts are lying on the backseat floor. I was probably the only kid who wore his seatbelt back then.

Missy Finley
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2 years ago

We called them Punkin seats...

Renee Verone
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2 years ago

I can relate I used one in 1974 for my oldest son and in 1979 for my twins At least when the twins were born my oldest was there and he could watch one We different take long trips with these lol

Valereee
Community Member
2 years ago

I still put my arm out !

Valerie Wagner
Community Member
2 years ago

The days of living dangerously.

Jonny Chevalier
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2 years ago

that baby is hanging on and looks worried....lol

Laura G
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2 years ago

It should’ve been placed flat on the floor. Ridiculous.

Mairlady
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2 years ago

Yes, those baby holders were called cuddle seats.

Tiny Dancer
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2 years ago

So that's where my Mum got in the habit of clotheslining me with her arm when the car had to stop suddenly! She's 81 now, I'm 54, and she still does it, lol.

Christine M Quigley
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2 years ago

45 yrs. ago, my son's car seat was a joke. The seat slanted at a 45 degree angle, but didn't lock into place. You did have to anchor the top of the seat by a strap and a hook in the back, there was a padded bar in the front of the baby. But with a hard stop, the baby was jerked to a 90 degree angle briefly, then released back to a 45 degree angle. I guess it was better then nothing. My ex had his leg broken by his dad accidentally, when he was a infant- he fell off his mothers' lap, and his leg was under the brake when his dad tried to make a hard stop. My ex FIL felt terrible about it for years. Thank God it was nothing worse. But there just wasn't the car seats, or standards, like there is today.

Candy Sheppard
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2 years ago

this car seat was still in use in the late 70's and early 80's

Grace Wiebe
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2 years ago

Before seatbelts were invented.

Mary Ellen Mapp
Community Member
2 years ago

So true. No helmets either

Linda Robinett
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't remember what they did with babies in 58. But us kids had no seatbelts and I remember standing in the footwell of the backseat while riding in a car. My dad put belts in soon as he was a pilot and recognized the safety factor. So we had seatbelts before they were required.

Michelle Viala
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2 years ago

OMG

Diana Hockley
Community Member
2 years ago

we had even worse one back in 1966.

Florence Hastings
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2 years ago

Also in 1972! 😁

Kerolos Saleib
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2 years ago

They misspelled "flying". +++

Mink Jin
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2 years ago

Baby holding onto dear life.

Michelle
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL yeh, the BS with seatbelts AND helmets for bikes. TOO MUCH!!!

Susan Cooke
Community Member
2 years ago

We didn't have one of those and my little sister was born in 1957.

Hellysal
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2 years ago

Yes, I guess it was a bit safer back then when cars were a bit slower by default, but still..!

Mary Rose Kent
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2 years ago

And waaaay fewer of them!

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Sara Shrader
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2 years ago

Why not just put it in the trunk?

Lu
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2 years ago

How fast did these cars go?

Cheryl Wilcox
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2 years ago

Faster than cars now. They were all 6 or 8 cylinders

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Kim Mahood
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2 years ago

To be fair, the cars only went 11 mph...

Kerryn Coulter
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2 years ago

i lost two cousins this way.

debrina blackmoon
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2 years ago

sad

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peter g
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2 years ago

So that's where that habit came from.

THEPS
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

There's a good reason this wouldn't fly today - in a wreck, or even if Mom just had to hit the brakes hard, the baby would fly right into the dashboard.

Nubmaeme
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm surprised the baby isn't just lying on the seat as was the practice back then. Here an example of a car seat from the late 50's - https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.F_HR6I9FGVfV2A3W2xfbhwHaGE&w=248&h=203&c=7&o=5&pid=1.7 They simply put the child more in line with the windshield, rather than the dash.

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jamie1707
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2 years ago

jca. That makes me very uncomfortable.

Sarah Taylor
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1 year ago

Wait...is that my mom?

Sarah Taylor
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1 year ago

Wait...is that my mom?

Ashley Wright
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2 years ago

Arm-across-the-body works only in theory.

Anoinette Yeboah
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2 years ago

A human hockey puck. Baby even looks terrified. Mom! What are you thinking?! Love those shoes.

Rosemary Moreland
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2 years ago

This must be in America. In Australia, baby was in a bassinet in the back seat. We were more responsible,lol

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#11

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

My Hilarious Father (With The Magazine) And My Grandfather, Grandmother, And Uncle At His Bar Mitzvah In 1972

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Hans
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2 years ago

Grandpa is not impressed, he has seen it all.

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#12

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

My Mother-In-Law Riding A Bear At 2 Years Old

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AloofFox
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2 years ago

*internal screaming*

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#13

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

Harley With A Baby Seat, 1962

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

Safety first! Remember to properly attach the baby seat with the convenient succion cups to the gas tank before putting your baby in it.

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#14

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

A Photo Of Me Dressed Up As My Dad, With My Dad (1982)

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Hans
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2 years ago

Bubblegum cigarettes still were a thing in the 80s. :)

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#15

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

My Dad Showing Off His Parenting Skills 1985

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karen snyder
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2 years ago

And his Awesome fashion choices. Cut off tummy top, micro running shorts and Sears Roebuck velcro kicks was my go to in '85 too! but he tops it off with that cherry Tom Selleck stash. Your dad is a legend.

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#16

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

My Mom In The Hospital After Giving Birth To My Sister. Canada 1978. Smokes And Roasted Chicken

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Shelp
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2 years ago

Excuse my ignorance, but ... What is wrong with chicken?

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#17

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

Back In The Day. 1950s To Be Exact. Checkout That Car Seat

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Adele Maestranzi
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2 years ago

We had one when we were kids. There was the button in the middle for the horn.

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#18

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

My Mom Showing Off Her Parenting Skills 1978

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Luis Milian
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2 years ago

what no cigarette? well she tried..

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#19

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

Me, 1958, Relaxing After My Bath With Toby, I Was Never Again This Cool

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Diver Driver
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2 years ago

Ha cigar is backwards!

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#20

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

13 Y/O Dad Having A Taste While The Grownups Are Busy Playing Cards; Upstate New York, August 1954

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 years ago

Meh, we did this all the time when I was a kid and I turned out just fi– wait...

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#21

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

My Father And His Pet Lion Priscilla, California 1970's

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Kaisu
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2 years ago

Poor lion : (

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#22

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

My Adorable (4 Year Old) Mother At A Zoo In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1970

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Armando Garcia
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2 years ago

I'm scared for that bear, it's gonna fall.

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#23

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

Just A Photo Of Yours Truly (At 11 Years) Petting A Full Grown Tiger. My Mom Calls It Her "Bad Parenting Moment"

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

From the infamous Thai temple tiger farm. https://www.traffic.org/news/thai-seizure-of-a-dozen-captive-tigers-resurrects-farming-threat/

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