We’ve been pretty serious here all week long, so I thought I’d lighten this place up a bit with a blast from the past, the Cosco kids’ booster seat. Ever since my post last summer on the lost dangers of mid- to late twentieth century American childhood, I’ve been wanting to show you kids born after 1980 or so what a “booster seat” used to look like. It wasn’t so much about safety–after all, we just had lap belts on the bench seats in my parents’ cars in the 1960s and 70s. (Five-point harness–ha! Kids in my day used to roll around–and off–of the back ledge, sunning themselves through the rear window.) These seats were more about making car rides more tolerable for children, because they were “boosted” up high enough to see out of the windows. This little number was perfect for car rides–the lap belt slid through the armholes, and you were ready to roll.
My parents still have the seat my brother and I used as toddlers–I meant to take a picture of it while we were visiting over Christmas break. Ours was identical to this one in design, but it was beigey-gold–almost a “harvest gold,” a perfect late 1960s-early 1970s compliment to the “avocado” seat in this photo. (Another design variation featured a padded seat.) Interestingly, the website where I found this photo, Design Mom, reports that these babies recently were hot on Ebay because of their design, clearly inspired by the popular chairs designed by Charles Eames in the 1950s and 1960s. A few years ago, this kiddie booster seat even “made an appearance on Bravo’s ‘Top Design’ (with Jonathan Adler telling the contestant who put it in his room on a pedestal, ‘that chair is hot!’)”
I’m betting that a lot of the toddler-sized butts of the readers of this blog sat in one of these seats, back in the day. . . at least, those of you over the age of 35 or so!