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 boy being trained at Artificial Limb Company Minneapolis, c.1930.

Training boy at Artificial Limb Company Minneapolis

Training boy at Artificial Limb Company Minneapolis, c.1930.

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 juvenile male smallpox victim taken c.1900.

Juvenile female smallpox victim

Photograph of a juvenile male smallpox victim taken c.1900. Taken from a collection of Minnesota Department of Health photographs, [190–]–[197–], and reproduced with the permission of the State Archives of Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of a juvenile male smallpox victim taken c.1900.

Juvenile male smallpox victim

Photograph of a juvenile male smallpox victim taken c.1900. Taken from a collection of Minnesota Department of Health photographs, [190–]–[197–], and reproduced with the permission of the State Archives of Minnesota.

Black and white photograph of an adult male smallpox victim taken c.1924.

Adult male smallpox victim

Photograph of an adult male smallpox victim taken c.1924. Taken from a collection of Minnesota Department of Health photographs, [190–]–[197–], and reproduced with the permission of the State Archives of Minnesota.

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