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Sun, 06.18.1899

Baby Buggy Patented

On this date in 1899, an African American patented the Baby Buggy.

That day William H. Richardson walked to a Baltimore patent office that changed the baby carriages. It was his idea to use a special joint to allow a bassinet to be turned to face the operator. He created the first reversible baby carriage. Several changes were made that allowed his carriage for the wheel to turn individually, which meant that the vehicle could turn 360 degrees in a smaller turning radius.

White English architect William Kent invented the baby carriage in 1733 for the 3rd Duke of Devonshire's children. Many of Richardson's design modification are still in use today.

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