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The World’s First Baby Monitor: Zenith’s 1937 “Radio Nurse”
Isamu Noguchi, the Japanese-American sculptor and designer whose coffee tables and other furniture are a staple of mid-century modern décor, designed this “Radio Nurse” for Zenith Radio Corporation in 1937.
Baby monitors, now so common as to be unremarkable, were unheard of in the early 1930s. The 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby out of the family’s nursery apparently struck a chord with Zenith’s president, Eugene F. McDonald Jr., who experimented with a cobbled-together system that would allow him to hear what was going on in his daughter’s room…. More

The World’s First Baby Monitor: Zenith’s 1937 “Radio Nurse”

Isamu Noguchi, the Japanese-American sculptor and designer whose coffee tables and other furniture are a staple of mid-century modern décor, designed this “Radio Nurse” for Zenith Radio Corporation in 1937.

Baby monitors, now so common as to be unremarkable, were unheard of in the early 1930s. The 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby out of the family’s nursery apparently struck a chord with Zenith’s president, Eugene F. McDonald Jr., who experimented with a cobbled-together system that would allow him to hear what was going on in his daughter’s room…. More

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