You should have seen his high chair.
(submitted by Nina who tell us this is aerialist-acrobats Frankie Vincent, wife Rose & son Nikki in 1951)
They’re not on a pole; they’re on a ladder.
If this was a picture from 10 days ago, I’d be outraged, but the kid is over 60 today.
Oh, a pole and not a ladder. That makes this totally okay. Not!
Where did I say it was okay? (And, it’s a ladder and not a pole.)
Ha Ha Ha – now that’s funny!
wow, we have all become real p*ssies. I, for one, think this is an awesome phot and I doubt the baby would have gotten shaken baby syndrome. I’m sure he fell numerous times and landed in the net just fine. We overparent now-a-days! hell, I almost lost a finger as a kid because I tried to put it into a moving chainsaw. Luckily, it was reattached just fine, since a thin piece of skin held it on. My parents still laugh about it. I still laugh about it!
Sorry Leonna, I’m laughing about it too now. Your comment made me giggle
Glad they could reattach you finger though.
Trust me, it’s really frigin funny. Especially since my dad’s reaction was “get the camera, this is great!” and my mom was freaking. Meanwhile, I had no idea why my finger was dangling off my hand. Oddly enough, i remember no pain at all.
Um, yeah. One time I fell off a sliding board and faceplanted into the concrete. The stitches and the concussion, and the week of blurred vision and vomiting from the dizziness was a bit of a pain, but we all laugh about it now. Cuz it’s hilarious. Hilarious, I tell you!
The women in some countries sure give birth in weird ways. Good thing dad caught him on the way out!
now that’s funny!
Rick, you cracked me up! Hilarious!
Good one! LOL
Good thing that kid is wearing a diaper. I’d need one, too.
Gotta agree with Momo’s logic. They obviously trust their grip enough to be professional acrobats, and trusted they wouldn’t drop the kid. And for those assuming immediate therapy- I’d bet the kid turned out completely normal (by ‘mud show’ standards) with no recollection of this moment at all. Really no less dangerous than parents who teach their infants to swim.
True – other than the fact that if the father lets go of this baby for a second, he dies, while if a father lets go of his baby in a pool for a second, the baby will be fine.
“Bring in the clowns” – the show must go on!
Ummm….what were they planning to do with the kid once they got him up there?
I was wondering the same thing! Maybe toss him back and forth a few times and then just climb down?
Oh my Lord. Yikes. At the very least, he could have strapped the kid to himself so he had both hands free to HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE for both of them. Sheez!
Agree! I am pretty sure they had baby carriers in the 1950s…or babysitters…to watch the child on the ground…
What if he IS the babysitter?!
Steve Irwin’s Grandparents….
it was “take your child to work day”
I know this will be an unpopular thing to say, but jeez, the kid is from a family of acrobats. Early training, maybe? Plus, I doubt the child was carried by one arm all the way down – his arm would be dislocated. I think this is just an acrobatic version of upsie-daisy.
“No infants were harmed in the making of this film…”
sheesh… if this happened today, you’d melt cell towers with the amount of calls to CPS.
This was the second part of the lesson. The first part of the lesson involved teaching him to always let to woman go first so you can look up her skirt.
I’m sorry, I know how horrible this is. But Rob’s post made me LOL for real!
ha ha. finally a sense of humor around here.
Plan B is?
oh please has anyone actually looked at the date on the photo. this is the same time frame that if you could hold a gun you shot it… seat belts where never worn… kids sat on dads lap and drove… and people where getting ready for wood stock and free love with lsd and lots of weed…. so ya we see it as scary for them it was daily life. we have just become too soft lol
People started getting ready for Woodstock 18 years early? Wow, that’s great ticketing.
So lets go back in time then….
Lets drive without seltbelts so that out kids can fly through the windshield and die. Lets all smoke inside a car with the windows all up so our kids can get cancer. Lets all wear aluminum based antiperspirant so that we can get Alzheimer’s when we get to 60.
To hell with everything we have learned over the decades. Lets hold babies from their arms while they bawl with fear and probably pain from having its shoulder come out of its socket.
Better yet, if you have a baby lets all take bets and see if you would let them take your child up a trapeze like this poor child.
How about if we look honestly at our history and learn from it? I don’t think anyone is saying this behavior is proper then or now. But it happened. It’s over. Let’s all decide we won’t do that anymore and move on!
Lighten up! One picture does not advocate that we should ALL go out and do what they did. Good lord, it’s a wonderful picture of an acrobat family from a different era. Celebrate the times and move on. I’ve been entertained for today. LOVE IT!!!!
“Lets all wear aluminum based antiperspirant so that we can get Alzheimer’s”
Umm, I still do that. Sure Invisible Solid, 19% Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex GLY. Actually, that does sound dangerous.
At least the parents aren’t smoking…
Boy, do I owe Michael Jackson a big apology.
Disturbing…wrong…and yes dangerous…if you know anything about falling into a net, you have to do it just right or you can seriously hurt yourself or even die…I doubt that baby knows how to fall just right.
Don’t worry; they made him pass a written test on falling before he was allowed to try this stunt.
So, I have been searching and searching and can find no record of Frankie Vincent the aerialist-acrobat. The only hits I get lead back to this or a copy of this page.
I found a reference with a search of “Frankie Vincent” +acrobat:
“Little Frankie Vincent was five feet tall and weighed one-hundred-thirty pounds. He could do a hand stand anywhere. But also, he was an amazingly strong, all-around acrobat.”
But with only one hand, because the other one had been dislocated so many times?
What’s the big deal? They didn’t put the baby in any danger they weren’t also putting themselves in. No less responsible than flying in a plane or riding in a car.
Except the baby can’t hold on with three points of contact like the parents and his one arm is socket is holding all of his weight.
This is not as much awkward as it is disturbing. The parents have hands and feet in the pole while they are climbing so they feel secure, and the baby dangles by one arm? How terrifying for that poor kid! Net or no net, I hope they saved some money for therapy for him!
I meant on the pole, not in it.
and the award for worst parents go too…
PSA for child safety? I think so. What on Earth, even in 1951, would possess a parent to bring a baby that high and hold them by ONE arm?
Calm down people – it was 1955. Before seat belts. The doctor probably smoked while examining you, and people did crazy stuff with their kids “for the show”. No children were hurt in the making of this photograph (… probably..)
I agree, for the love of Pete, lighten up people! Yes it’s horrible, but are we going to turn back time to intervene?! I imagine we should go back and make all the ppl who made their kids work their farms pay for using child labor; or how about the homesteaders who took their kids out in the middle of nowhere with no docs nearby?! Maybe we should prosecute the Donner Family for making their group pass through the mountains and children were exposed to freezing cold and cannibalism and dying! No! What’s done is done, so let’s just have a bit of humor here and be thankful that we’ve evolved. Pretty surethe ppl at AFP are not promoting that we try this at home!
Yep. Don’t try this at home… go to the nighbors house. joking
Apparently in this family, one has to get over their fear of heights and falling all in one lesson.
Geez, lighten up. They’re using a net.
As Ducky has already commented, a baby this age cannot handle the force of falling even to a net. They can easily get shaken baby syndrome just from being bounced on a trampoline.
Well, what do you expect from Circus Folk?
Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.
where are they going to put that baby when they get up there?
Oh, whatever, people. I’m sure there was a net.
Even with a net that child is too young to withstand a fall from that height!
Agreed. let’s all put children in lucite bubbles until they’re legal adults, THAT ought to keep em safe. How many of you threw your kid in a pool to “teach” em how to swim? or took the training wheels off the bike and gave it a push? COME ON!! It was a carnival in 1951!!! The damage is done. Kind of a cool pic I think. ( I’m probably gonna pay for this comment)
Besides, from that height, I think it’s been proven that babies land on their feet…
Molly, totally agree. It doesn’t make this “OK” and “right”, but times were considerably different back in the day. This was taken a year before I was born, but I remember wanting to jump out of a tree with a bedsheet for a parachute. I remember jumping off the garage roof onto the concrete driveway. Yeah, and most of us survived all that. Life was a lot more fun then. By contrast, one of my kids is terrified of the water slide.
i agree totally. going through all that stuff made us stronger. i’m 43 and can still climb trees pretty darn well!
NOT COOL. I visit this site to laugh…not to feel sick to my stomach. That poor kid :/
And I’m still pissed at my husband for letting our infant daughter fall off a chair a whole 2 feet off the ground…
Twice as bad, since apparently BOTH parents thought this was okay.
Bet that baby is pooping his diaper!
Seriously! There’s something wrong with the sanity of a parent who would try such a thing!! This is terrible.
Not awkward, just disturbingly wrong.
Well, that is just appalling….
People abuse their children intentionally; others use them for profit. Happens everyday. And too many people turn their eyes, shut out the sounds, because “its not their business or they “dont want to get involved”. Sad.
That’s right wowzered. Sad but true.
…and young Nikki has been institutionalized since 1965 with 14 unique phobias.
Chiefly, a phobia of grown men in stretch pants with wide belts.
Also had a difficult time buying long sleeved shirts since his left arm was inexplicably three inches longer than his right!
Um, won’t you please excuse me whilst I hurl? I am terrified of heights — nevermind the dangling wee child which just puts me over the edge. Holy CRAP! Did they all live to see 1952? Did the child ever stop seeing his/her therapist? Wowzers.
Ah, I see that the child is a boy. My apologies for not reading more carefully.
Whew. From the first picture, I thought he was holding the baby by the hair. Not that the arm is much better.
“Those were the days before child abuse. People hit you, but there was no number you could call.” — Bill Cosby
I thought he was holding the baby by his head in that first shot. Also, it’s weird that first the poor kid gets hauled up that pole by his parents, and now this horror is exposed to the world when maybe Nikki would have preferred to forget it and not undo decades of therapy.
this is awful…makes me afraid just looking at it! i sincerely hope it’s not real.
This is so, so wrong!
WTH?!? This is no kind of funny. Awkward doesn’t cover it. Unless you count the dislocation of that kid’s shoulder out of the freakin’ socket. Jeeezz. Excuse me while I go Google the kid’s name and see if he survived his parents.
I totally agree. Not funny at all. My stomach is queasy from seeing this. This is abusive and not something to giggle at as “awkward”. Very bad taste AFP.
Get over yourself. This is hilarious.
I’m with you on this one Andie! Wow, just wow.
Agreed. NOT funny. The poor baby looks terrified.
Meh. Kids were much tougher back then.
This just in: it happened in 1951. I’m quite sure the baby recovered from the trauma. Find something better to do than act sensitive about something insignificant – and funny – that happened 60 years ago.
That freaks me out.
Franky Viincent, you mean the singer? Googled!
Do you mean Frankie Valli?
Oh I kid you not, as soon as I read this I really wondered if it WAS Frankie Valli. LOVE THEIR MUSIC!!! It’s not him though, Franki Valli was born in 1934 (n fact, he just had a birthday; it’s May3). I would certainly not allow that with any child of mine, but beings this is over 50 years old I’d just hope they were all ok and simply not do the same.
Michael Jackson’s inspiration.
This is where Michael Jackson and Steve Irwin got the idea from….
………and we thought Michael Jackson was bad.
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