Before babies irritated people on commercial flights, they disturbed the peace on passenger trains. "We have been hoping for years that some intelligent inventor would come along with a device to can obstreperous infants during the late hours of the night," we wrote. "We suggested a hermetically-sealed can wrapped in sound-proof material, but Caleb M. Prather, of Evanston, Illinois, who is the inventor of the can illustrated, sidestepped our instructions at several important points."
Unlike those of us who clamored for dual baby silencer/holder, Prather designed his perforated baby can as a portable cradle, period. During waking hours, the baby could sit tight on the open holder. While asleep, the lid would be closed and the would breathe through the air holes.
Despite its convenience, we expressed annoyance that the invention yielded few benefits to surrounding passengers."If the inventor will make his can air-tight and sould-proof--features which we originally suggested--we know of a bachelor who will buy a half dozen right away."
Read the full story in "Can the Baby When You Take a Journey"