Find out more about the history of the pushchair and how iCandy has innovated the industry.
History of the pushchair
Did you know that the first baby carriage was invented by an English architect called William Kent in 1733? It was a scaled down version of a horse drawn carriage designed to be pulled along behind a goat, dog or small pony.
It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that an American man called Charles Burton invented the ‘push’ version of the baby carriage which he was able to patent it in England as a perambulator. This is where we get the word ‘pram’.
Other ground breaking improvements were made by the American inventor Jesse Armour Crandall who received patents for the inclusion of a brake, a folding version and the addition of a parasol/shade. The next big improvement to baby carriages was made by another American, William H Richardson in 1889 when he created a basket shaped bassinet that could be placed either forward facing or rearward facing on pram body. These prams proved very popular and were widespread throughout all economic classes by the 1900s. These early innovations in design have paved the way for the modern strollers of today and have provided the platform for us to continue the development of the baby carriage breaking new ground with every new model we produce.
Did you know that the first iCandy model was called the iC2? The iC2 was a simple travel system that was on the market in the UK from 2004 to 2006. The travel system came with a group 0 car seat and included features like multi-recline seat unit, lockable front swivel wheels, dual suspension and adjustable leg rest. Although the iC2 was a fantastic product I think we can all agree that we have come a long way since those early days. iCandy has since blossomed into the innovative, great quality, modern and stylish brand that we all know and love.
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