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MONDAY MUSINGS: Do you remember trying to diaper a squirming baby using diaper pins? – these vintage pictures from Auburn Univ. reveal the past

I discovered these old photographs from Auburn University while doing some research.  If you have more information about them, click on the link at the end of the description and share it with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


Group outside McElhaney Hotel in Auburn, Alabama ca. 1890-1909 Q8849Group outside McElhaney Hotel in Auburn, Alabama ca. 1890-1909 – Front row, left to right: “Dooley” Ransome, Miss Annie Laurie Dillard, Robert Trammell, Shell Toomer, and Mrs. McNamee. Back row, left to right: Miss Susie Thomas, Reverend Napier, and Commandant Benjamin Patrick. In folder entitled Auburn students. Q8849

Auburn girls learn practical problems of infant care at the nursery school bottle ca. 1940 Q1612Auburn girls learn practical problems of infant care at the nursery school ca. 1940 – Student at Alabama Polytechnic Institute holding a baby and trying to feed it a bottle. News Bureau, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama Q1612

 

 

Do you remember trying to diaper a squirming baby using diaper pins?

Auburn girls learn practical problems of infant care at the nursery school. ca. 1940 Q1620Auburn girls learn practical problems of infant care at the nursery school. ca. 1940 – Two students at Alabama Polytechnic Institute diapering a baby. News Bureau, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama Q1620

Beta Theta of Sigma Nu at Auburn University 1921 Q5366Beta Theta of Sigma Nu at Auburn University 1921 Q5366

 

 

Boy showing girls operation of textile weaving machines ca. 1930s – 1940s – Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama Q1985Boy showing girls operation of textile weaving machines ca. 1930s – 1940s – Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama Q1985

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Historical Seminary, of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn. Students are sitting around long tables. Q4141Historical Seminary,” of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn. Students are sitting around long tables. Q4141

 

 

The Spirit of Auburn Q40598The Spirit of Auburn ca. 1940-1949 – Student in a laboratory at Alabama Polytechnic Institute. – photographer E. M. Stokes, News Bureau, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama. Q40598

 

 

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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28 comments

  1. Cassandra Nancy Kenfield-Lea

    cool pic of the frat boys, including my granddad’s first cousin (Mosely)..neat

  2. Deanne DeeDee Diggs Williams

    And you ran the pin through your hair to make it go through the diaper easier. Idk why, but it worked though lol.

  3. Caroline Jones Lockridge

    My child wore cloth diapers until he went to daycare when he was 1. Cloth was cheaper and easy in the skin.

  4. Danni Lusk

    Thank goodness it isn’t that difficult to cloth diaper these days! We love our cloth. 🙂

  5. KennethAnd Eulene Stanley Bishop

    Our kids were born in 1963 and 1966 and I never used plastic on them.

  6. Tina Young

    Brittany Young this was cloth diapers back in the day. and sticking yourself was just gonna happen when trying NOT to stick the baby. 🙂

  7. Sue McCalpin Cross

    I remember , used cloth with my 3 .

  8. Wayne Morrison
  9. Hockey Anderson

    Oh yeah! Stuck myself several times…thanks little brother’s. .

  10. Arlee McCoy

    That was a swuirming baby and a cloth diaper…one we had to wash, dry and reuse. The safety pins were tricky. DO NOT hold the pin in your mouth while changing a diaper. Stick them in soap, the pillow or your dress front, but never the mouth. Babies mimic what they see the mother do.

  11. Tanjie Lyon Kling

    I remember that some of the diaper pins had ducks or other characters/animals on the head of the pin. And who could forget those awful plastic pants that went over the cloth diapers?

  12. DaleLee Jones

    I never did it but new people who did

  13. Carolyn Morgan

    Stuck myself more times then the diaper lol

  14. Connie Williams
  15. Ann Slay

    More stabbed fingers using the pins. Better we got stick than baby.

  16. Deborah Winters

    diapered all three of mine this way

    1. Margaret Worthington

      Diapered my two this way. Once, after my own were grown with children of their own, I got called into the church nursery, because one baby had cloth diapers, and I looked to be someone who might know what to do with them. 🙂

  17. Martha Pugh

    Used diaper pins on all 4 of mine

  18. Vicki McCoy

    Diaper pins were nothing compared to what was inside the diaper.

  19. Dona Raines

    that wasn’t that long ago. my oldest is 34 and I put cloth diapers on him.

  20. Katherine Kilgore

    They are teaching how to diaper a baby at Auburn??

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