Black and white photograph of an employee knitting a sock to cover an amputated limb, Winkley Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1937.

Knitting a sock to cover an amputated limb, Winkley Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis

Knitting a sock to cover an amputated limb, Winkley Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1937.

Black and white photograph of the making artificial limbs at Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1945.

Making artificial limbs at Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis

Making artificial limbs at Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1945.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company at the State Fair, c.1922.

Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company at the State Fair

Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company at the State Fair, c.1922.

Black and white photograph of a work room, Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company, 1940.

Work room, Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company

Work room, Minneapolis Artificial Limb Company, 1940.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Winkley Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1937.

Winkley Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis

Winkley Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1937.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis. 1918.

Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis

Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis. 1918.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1918.

Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis

Artificial Limb Company, Minneapolis, 1918.

Black and white photograph of E. H. Erickson making artificial limbs, 1904.

E. H. Erickson making artificial limbs

E. H. Erickson making artificial limbs, 1904.

Artificial Limb Industry in Minneapolis

The milling, logging, farming, and railroad industries that made Minneapolis a prosperous town in the late nineteenth century also cost many men their limbs, if not their lives. Minneapolis entrepreneurs, many of them amputees themselves, built on the local need and made the city one of the leading producers of artificial limbs in the United States.

Black and white photograph of a man standing to the left of the Gedney sign, outside the Chaska factory,  c.1980s.

Gedney Sign

A man standing to the left of the Gedney sign, outside the Chaska factory, c.1980s.

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