Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Back in Time - Family Highchair

south side of house
approximately 1940 
The wooden highchair, shown in the photo, was well made and withstood the test of time. I am pretty sure that Jerry (my third brother) was the first one to use the chair, but it was later used for my two sisters and myself in the mid-1940s and early 1950s as well as at least four (possibly all six) grandchildren in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The wooden tray and foot rest did not make it into the 1960s, as I remember my nieces and nephews being secured in the chair by a tea towel around their tummy and then tied behind the chair's back. The face of the chair's back had a decal of an animal (I think it was a cat) with a large head.

The photo clearly shows the exterior of house as it was well into the mid-60s - black tar paper secured with slats of wood. A porch was added to the house sometime after this photo was taken. I think the window on the right was transformed into a door and the porch added to the south and east.

The electric pole in the far right of the photo was located near the dairy barn.


  1. I've secured children to chairs with tea towels, too. Love that bonnet he's wearing.

  2. I've used that tea towel technique in the past year myself. I have 1 high chair, 2 boosters - and 4 little grandchildren.

    What a fun picture and so many little details that give us a glimpse into the past.

  3. I remember babies tied with tea towels into the high chair too, now that you mention it.
    That bonnet is so darn cute

  4. A nice look into the past. If that high chair could tell stories, I wonder what it would say.

  5. I thought everyone used those towels to tie kids in high chairs! I tied my brother in even though his high chair had a tray..he would always escape.
    Great old photo! :)

  6. I love that chair had a "place" for so many in your family.

  7. Love seeing your family photos, Nancy. Aren't the old high chairs great? So much moreinteresting than the new ones.

  8. Jerry looks like a doll baby in the chair. LOL Can you imagine tea towels being used today to secure a child. Everyone would have apoplexy ---- it's just NOT SAFE. LOL

    It's amazing any of us made it to old age with the things we lived through like tea towels, climbing real trees and actually walking a distance to school. LOL

  9. I love how those hand built pieces of furniture stood the test of time and how homes evolved through the years. Things are so different today that sometimes I feel like I'm just passing through!

  10. Great Picture! I inherited Mom and Dad's highchair...about the same stories, including the tea towel!!...the tray was replaced by Brian .. all our grandchildren used the chair!! AND I refinished it and DID NOT paint it:)))

  11. Awe, I love high chairs. I have an old one that I just love, wish I know the history on it.

  12. What a happy baby and lovely story about the chair. It's a shame everyone is all into NEW now.


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