Comments on: Cosco Go-seat, ca. 1970 http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:47:12 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Johnny http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-1105182 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:32:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-1105182 Yep, I sat in an avocado Go-seat when I was a toddler in the early 70s.

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By: Paul http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-532322 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:49:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-532322 I missed this by a few years – the car seats for myself and my younger brothers had padding and their own seat belts, though they were still probably rudimentary by today’s standards. Also, we didn’t always use them and from age 3 or so on we just sat in the regular seats. I remember the intense rivalry between my brothers for the “hump” seat between the two main passenger seats in the front of the station wagon with the old bench-seating arrangement, since it had the best view. Personally, I was more interested in sitting in the far back of the station wagon so I could slip the seatbelt off and climb into the “back-back”, hoping that Mom or Dad weren’t looking in the rear view mirror at the moment.

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By: Brooke http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-532242 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:47:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-532242 We sat loose on those sideways seats in the back of the station wagon (ca. 1969-1975).

I still don’t grow hair over the scar on my head where I rolled back onto that insane sharp-cornered cube that housed the latch mechanism of the back hatch.

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By: susurro http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531888 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 03:36:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531888 Have you ever heard the Elvira Kurt skit about childhoods pre-1980 from her Kitten with a Wit album? This post fits right in. Can’t say I miss the rusty metal days of our youth but I do find the plastic cushioned days of the present a little sanitized.

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By: Matt L http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531731 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:07:05 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531731 Historiann & Indyanna, I think that you are right. I learned in Motorcycle safety class that most car and bike accidents are within a mile of home. There is more potential for things to go wrong on a surface street, even though its happening at a lower speed. There is two way traffic, negotiating cross traffic at intersections without stop signs, & signals, blind driveways, etc.).

You are less likely to get the chop on the freeway because all intersections are controlled and the traffic is moving one way. There is a lot less going on, even if its happening faster.

I am over 35 and I never remember sitting in a car seat. I am pretty sure my sisters did, but I think it faced forward and was just a padded and clunkier version of a restaurant booster seat, nothing cool and designer like the “cosco go seat.” Needless to say, my family had a 13′ Dodge van. On family trips we were allowed to lie on the back bench (the way back) and sleep or read – no seatbelt! In fact only the person up front in the co-pilot chair had to wear his or her seatbelt. Good times!

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By: justme http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531639 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:05:16 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531639 best car seat ever! Notorious and Mother of ALL– I LOVED rolling around in the “way-back”! on long trips, we would play a game where we would sit with our knees pulled up and roll like Weebles whenever the car turned a corner. I believe the object of the game was to fall completely over and then rock yourself back up.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531635 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:04:00 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531635 How does that seat not melt, or get scaldingly hot, if left in the sun in the back of a car on a summer day? Looks like a product liability suit waiting to happen even before the driver pulls out of the Cosco lot. Oh wait, that’s before Joan Claybrook et. al. and consumer activism got into the game.

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By: Mother of ALL http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531606 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:19:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531606 Notorious, your parents must have gone to the same parenting classes we did. We once took a 4 week trip out west and the threat was that if one misbehaved they would get duct taped to the roof rack. We kept the tape in the front seat with us. I do remember taping one or both little mouths shut. We also called the back of the wagon “the way-back”.

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By: Notorious Ph.D. http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531601 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 20:49:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531601 I don’t think I had one of these. We just got plunked down on the back seat, like you. Or, if we were on a long trip, got to roll around in the “way-back” of the station wagon. (And if we misbehaved, we were threatened with having to get tied to the roof rack. Seating for everyone!)

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/01/14/cosco-booster-seat-ca-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-531563 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:12:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=9047#comment-531563 I think most accidents happen close to home because the overwhelming percentage of total miles are driven on short trips, but that the probability of an accident would not significantly decline on the open highway. The seatbelt advocacy campaigns are largely designed to counter the impression that short errand trips need fewer precautions. (I took AmCiv 60whatever, Problems of Methodology, in lieu of a foreign language, but didn’t learn much statistics there!). The severity of accidents would probably rise with the greater speeds of highway driving. I don’t know. Is Ralph Nader in the house?

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