Foundling tower, 19th century

Foundling tower, 19th century

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Caption: Foundling tower, 19th-century artwork. This 'tower of abandonment', established in France 1730, is intended for mothers unable to support their infant children to leave them to be brought up by others. The mother would leave the child in the cubicle and ring the bell to alert the caretakers. This one is run by the 'Hopital de la Madeleine', part of a religious tradition established in Paris by Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). Common in medieval times, modern forms of the foundling tower or wheel are called baby hatches. Artwork from the 17th volume (first period of 1896) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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