Girl wearing two artificial legs, 1890-1910

Description of the photo above from Science & Society Picture Library

Studio photograph of a young girl wearing a pair of artificial legs. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham (1839-1924), a boot- and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset. Gillingham first started making artificial limbs after a local man lost an arm firing a cannon for a celebratory salute in 1863. He then began making prostheses on a permanent basis and Chard eventually became a major centre of the British artificial limb industry.

Via TYWKIWDBI where Stan writes, “I can’t help but wonder what her life must have been like.”

My thought was, I wonder how many people’s lives were who didn’t have the privilege of getting a chance to live life better with these types of advancements back then.

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