American psychologist B. F. Skinner kept his baby in a box; ca. 1959
Essentially he WAS a psychologist, but also an inventor. His “Aircrib” shown in the photo was essentially just a crib. The baby was still removed and got interaction, but nap time and night time she was put inside an environmentally controlled crib.
“Abandoned baby sleeping in desk drawer at Los Angeles Police station”, 197.
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IMPROVISED CRIB–Policewoman Pat Johnson, 28, tends a baby girl, about 9 months old, who was found alone and crying in a downtown hotel room. Baby was placed in file drawer for a nap after she was fed milk, Jell-O and cottage cheese. She later was taken to a foster home. The hotel manager called police after receiving complaints that the baby had been crying for hours.
A child in a ‘baby cage’ – used to ensure children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, 1937
Newsreel footage of baby cage in action.