My parents’ friends are always saying that the gear for babies has never been better.  Countless times I’ve heard, “We never had these options!” But in one realm at least, I’ve wished there was a vintage baby supply shop to visit. The world of baby backpacks is bafflingly gearified and feminized. Hunting online for something for my husband to wear around Boston, they all either looked like we were hiking the Appalachian trail or trimmed with gingham and owl cartoons. Then last month while on Nantucket we visited the take-it-or-leave-it at the island’s dump, which is open to the public. I couldn’t believe the luck when I saw one of the classic Gerry backpacks there! Someone must have just cleaned out an attic, dropped it off and there it sat, looking at exactly like dozens of photos from the ’80s with my dad carrying one of us around. It’s definitely got less buckles than our modern one and the safety strap is a much smaller operation, but to have my husband be delighted to wear it is fantastic.

What about you? Is there vintage gear you treasure, or something you’ve spotted in an old photo and wished hadn’t been given away?


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Comments (5)


  1. Posted by: sarah

    I need myself one of those puppies!! Let the search begin.

  2. Posted by: Brandy

    Just picked one up at a yard sale today. I don’t remember riding in ours, but they do hold a special feeling. :-)

  3. Posted by: fernando7

    The best ever baby backpack is the old Gerry. It gave just a little platform for baby to stand on tiptoe using some big muscles and falling our if you’re not careful. Also bending way over you have to be careful. We climbed rough trails, roller skated, rode horseback, and other things that I couldn’t recommend but we did. Baby thrived by the grace of Gerry. Thanks for posting the 70’s picture.

  4. Posted by: Annie

    Yes, I carried my daughter around in one of these. It was great! So simple yet so useful. I agree that things have gotten out of control vis a vis choices and complexity. Now my daughter has a 3 month old and I’m looking for one of these!!

  5. Posted by: Yesenia Bockover

    I just found a green one of these today at the RAD thrift store here in Bakersfield California….I paid $2.75 for it and I am beyond stoked!!! We will be going on a trip to Tahoe in the beginning of next month and plan on doing some hiking, and I can’t wait, it is so comfy! :)

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