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Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum


Accession number: 2017.006
Category: Toys
Object type: Doll's
Date: 1927
Materials: Metal; Wicker; Rubber; Wood
Measurements: 75.6 cm L x 30.1 cm W x 66.7 cm H
Culture: Canadian
Narrative: Donor received in 1927 from her parents.
Description: Frame is metal with four metal wheels coated in rubber.  It has a wooden handle.  Body of stroller is wicker with wooden insert for doll to lay on and for support.
History of Use:  According to multiple sources on the net, including the, the idea of the stroller was invented by a man named William Kent. Kent was a well-known garden architect in England. In 1733, the Duke of Devonshire asked Kent to build a means of transportation that would amuse his children. Kent built a shell shaped basket on wheels that the children could sit in. It was pulled by a goat or small pony.
When other wealthy parents saw the contraption they commissioned someone to build them one. Still, these were considered status items, something the everyday parent could never afford.  These designs were modified in the next few years and when someone thought to add handles so parents could push their children Queen Victoria bought three carriages. That was the stroller’s big break.  After Queen Victoria bought them, anybody who was anybody had a baby carriage. The name is derived from the fact that a stroller originally looked like a miniature horse-drawn carriage.