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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.

Color image of Gedney Sweet Midget Pickles label, c.1958.

Sweet Midget Pickles label

Gedney Sweet Midget Pickles label, c.1958.

Color image of Gedney's Tomato Catsup label, c.1935.

Gedney's Tomato Catsup label

Gedney's Tomato Catsup label, c.1935.

Color label for Gedney Company French Dressing, c.1935.

Gedney's Zestive French Dressing label

Label for Gedney Company French Dressing, c.1935.

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