A Scarce ‘Chummy Dream’ Collapsible Stroller by Sakai of Japan c.1969

Origin: Japanese
Period: Mid 20thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1969   
Compact: 17.5” w x 17.5” h x 6.75” d
Assembled: 61” w x 34” h x 17” d

The ingenious folding or collapsible infants stroller, marked to the rear ‘Chummy Dream Stroller Sakai’, the cream, blue and red plastic body with foam filled vinyl seat, four rubber wheels by Bridgstone and rear storage flap, collapsing into suitcase form and surviving from mid-century Japan.

The stroller is in good overall order with the mechanisms working as they should. There are scratches and knocks as one would expect.

Sakai’s patent for this stroller in 1969 reads; ‘carriage according to this invention in the form of a rectangular suitcase with a backrest and wheels which are retractable, thus making it easy to carry, the wheels extended or retracted being positively locked in a proper position’.

The ingenious way the stroller is disguised in suitcase form is wonderfully imaginative and typical of Japanese space saving thinking. The colours are brilliantly sixties, and it is inherently Japanese in its construction and design.

Brilliantly encapsulating the design led Japanese mind and very much of the period.