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Victorian Era Exhibition at Earl's Court, 1897

The "incubator baby" exhibition at Earl's Court in 1897 followed immediately on the heels of the Berliner Gewerbeausstellung in 1896 and is (to my knowledge) the first documented attribution of such an exhibit to Dr. Martin Couney and his nurse Louise Recht. According to the Lancet, the exhibit used incubators built by Paul Altmann of Berlin.

Incubators at the Victorian Era Exhibition at Earl's Court. Source: Illustrated London News, 1897.
A closeup of an early Altmann incubator. Source: Illustrated London News, 1897.
From Black and White, July 24, 1897, page 12.
From Black and White, July 24, 1897, page 12.
From Colonies and India, July 17, 1897, page 14.
Advertisement in the Illustrated London News, September 25, 1897, page 14.


The Use of Incubators for Infants (from the Lancet, May 29, 1897
The Victorian Era Exhibition at Earl's Court (from the Lancet, July 17, 1897
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