Twin strollers for the baby boom
Twins born between the First and Second World Wars weren't that likely to have been wheeled around in double strollers. In a somewhat recent article from the Herald Sun about a twins convention, the author describes how an elderly pair of brothers born in 1925 marveled at the “snazzy double prams” in use today.
Rapid population growth in the postwar years created a demand for more efficient baby products, however. A 1948 issue of Popular Mechanics introduced a “double-decker” stroller, in which two children sat one behind and above the other, rather than side-by-side. "Realizing that travel abroad with twin year-old sons wouldn't be easy,” the inventor, Harris W. Jones, eventually got a patent for his device. In 1951, the same magazine reported on the development of the 10-pound, collapsible “suitcase stroller,” which came in a twin model and could even be rigged up with a triplet seat between the handles. The model shown here, from inventor Roy Lane Trimble, has a conventional tandem structure, with two infants seated at the same height, one in front of the other.