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Author Chris Wild has found some striking historic photos for his new book called “The Retronaut Guide To Raising Children: The Past Like You Wouldn’t Believe.”

Have you got a light boy? Two young lads look like experienced smokers in their ornately furnished secret den

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No hitting below the, er, nappy: Little mites, who can hardly lift gloves, are put in a makeshift boxing ring in the fifites

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Synchronised swimming: Novice bather’s learn on a ‘merry go-round’ at their school in Cincinnati in 1930

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Hung out to dry: These babies are not enjoying being ‘kept out of trouble’ on the washing line

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Cupboard love: Sheltering from an air raid in London during the Blitz

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Uneasy rider: Mother ensures drivers will give her boy a wide berth

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Bin abandoned: A tot left in a park waste basket while his brothers play

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Googlebox: Sun ray therapy in 1938 after it was said to ward off chest infections and anaemia

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High flyer: Baby gets fresh air in cage hung outside of a top floor flat in 1938

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A hard day’s night: Children sleep on wooden-framed canvas beds in the open air on the roof of a school for orphans

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