The Virtual Pram Museum's Stroller Gallery
Strollers circa 1980
Gerry K-Tech (USA)
Gerry proved to be a bit more adventuresome than most US baby goods makers, and this stroller was a good example of Gerry's creative thinking. The stroller seat converted instantly into a carriage (and vice versa) using only a couple of nylon buckles. The hood worked with either carriage or stroller, and the wide, stable basket was genuinely useful.
Gerry's engineers may have seen BebeConfort 'Classics' strollers, from France. BebeConfort makes high-end, clever stroller/prams which convert just as easily as the K-Tech did, but with strong frames and wheels.
Evenflo bought Gerry in 1997, instituted a massive layoff of Gerry employees, and, in keeping with traditional US baby goods marketing tactics, promptly discontinued the innovative aspects of Gerry product development. In the ensuing years, Evenflo has continued to lead the way in copycat marketing -- not that Cosco, Graco, etc. are far behind.
The tires themselves are apparently cheap urethane -- ours disintegrated into powder in the living room one evening as we watched from across the room. This is not really what one expects-- or wants -- from an expensive and otherwise well-made stroller. We haven't seen this problem in newer Emmaljungas, and we are waiting to hear what Emmaljunga has to say about the problem.
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