with other attractions at a fair, a "barker" tried to entice
people into the "premie" exhibit located in a "neat and
artistic" brick building. However, while this "exhibit"
took its place among the other "shows" on the Exposition midway,
the scientific and educational potential was not overlooked. The following
quote appeared in the August 1901 Buffalo Medical Journal under
the column "Pan-American Notes:"
"barker" at the Buffalo Pan-Am enticed customers by telling
them this exhibit provided hints to mothers and females for the successful
rearing of weakly infants. An article from the 1901 edition of Pediatrics
stated that the Lion incubators used at this exhibition were made of metal
and glass, which allowed for quick and easy cleaning and sterilization.2
incubator exhibit received serious attention from Scientific American,6
which called it a model nursery. The baby incubator exhibit was in the
news for other reasons as well. On July 20, 1901, the Buffalo News
reported that a baby had been prematurely born to Apache Indian Princess
Ikishupaw and Chief Many Tales. Dr. Couney was called to the Indian Pavilion
and had the infant placed in an exhibit incubator. The News reported
that at 2 pounds, 2 ounces, it was the smallest baby ever born. On November
7, 1901, The New York Times reported a different type of incident
regarding the Baby Incubator Exhibit. According to the article, Couney
and his partner did not pay the proceeds agreed upon to exhibit infant
incubators at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. A judge had ordered
them to pay their share which came to $31,250 and to also pay $75,000
in damages for repudiating a similar agreement for the division of the
gross receipts of the incubator show at the coming St. Louis Exposition.
The Children's Hospital of Buffalo purchased the Lion incubators after the exposition ended. Afterwards, Couney went on to have a summer baby incubator exhibit for the next forty years at Coney Island. Couney felt parents did not appreciate the work he was doing for their premature and weak infants. When it was time to send a healthy infant home, it was difficult to convince the parents to take their infant. A pediatrician named Dr. Zahorsky, who oversaw an infant incubator exhibit, did note the effect of hospitalization on both the infant and the parents. We now know that it is not in the baby's best interest to be separated from its parents; neither is it in the parents' best interest.