When my mom told me she used to drive around with me lying on the front seat, or on a blanket in the footwell, I used to think those folks were crazy. But now I realize my parents resisted the urge to get one of these seats designed to "give infants comfort," and for that, I thank them.
Oh wait, it's from 1936? That even predates my parents by several technological generations, so it was probably never an option. Still, 70 years, you'd think carseat technology'd come a little farther, no?
Auto Seat Gives Infant Comfort - AKA ĺ─˙Kiddie Catapultĺ─¨ [Modern Mechanix, via dt reader ed]
Related: how's this for timing? boingboing just linked to a photoset of scans of vintage magazines, including some ModMex]