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Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Collection
Helen Bain Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
Accession Number
006013001
Description
A wooden folding wheelchair; consists of a wooden frame (possibly pine) with wicker seat and backrest; the legs consists of pieces of wood which cross each other, connected in the centre (one leg is attached to the back of the seat and runs to the front wheel, the other runs from the front of the s…
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Accession Number
006013001
Collection
Helen Bain Collection
Category
Patient Care Artifacts
Classification
Patient Care
MeSH Heading
Wheelchairs
Description
A wooden folding wheelchair; consists of a wooden frame (possibly pine) with wicker seat and backrest; the legs consists of pieces of wood which cross each other, connected in the centre (one leg is attached to the back of the seat and runs to the front wheel, the other runs from the front of the seat and runs to the back wheel; the back wheel is larger than the front, but not as large as in most traditional style wheelchairs; the backrest is adjustable and has a stainless steel handlebar on the back for pushing; the entire chair is collapsible.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to Helen Bain of Gananoque; found in Museum collection.
Maker
Gendron
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
1930
circa 1900-1930
Date Remarks
Timeline for improvements on wheelchairs.
Material
wood: brown
rubber: black
metal: silver, brown
Inscriptions
"TORONTO // Gendron // CANADA" printed on a label on the back of the backrest; "Helen Bain 152 Pine Street Gananoque // 382-2471" carved crudely into the back of the handlebar.
Permanent Location
Storage Room W1
W1-10-2
Dimension Notes
Length 94.0 cm x Width 62.5 cm x Depth 111.0 cm (adjustable)
Condition Remarks
Some very minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Pilling, George P. & Son, "Pilling Instruments and Equipment for Surgeons and Hospitals", Philadelphia, 1932, p. 318 (similar to item #P22914); http://inventors.about.com/od/wstartinventions/a/wheelchair.htm;CD #2.
Research Facts
Collapsible chairs were first made so they could fit into automobiles.
Images
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