Costume and Textiles
Child's Dress with Attached Support (Machine for Exercising Children)Made in United States, North and Central America
George W. Tuttle, American, 1826 - 1856
Printed cotton and wool plain weave, cotton plain weave, cotton batting, silk/cotton fringe, cotton cord
* Costume and Textiles Study Gallery, Perelman Building, second floor
1998-162-54Gift of the heirs of Paul D. I. and Anna Shinn Maier, 1998
LabelThis decorated dress is actually a “machine for exercising children” patented by George Tuttle in 1847. Padded straps under the skirt went between the child’s legs, while the chest buttons attached to straps that went to a spring hanging from above. Tuttle’s “baby jumper” became very popular, since bouncing in one was said to not only amuse children but make them healthy and strong.
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