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Antique prosthetic leg

a veteran of the civil war designs his own prosthetic arms

Prosthetic leg found in Woodhull, Illinois.

prosthetic wooden legs

The necropolis of Stalingrad: German dead after the end of the battle. Perhaps the largest battle of all. I read somewhere that the average lifespan of a Soviet soldier in Stalingrad was 6 minutes.

He 177A-5 German Heinkel He 177A-5 from the i./KG at 50 in Zaporizhzhya. These bombers were used to supply German troops who were surrounded near Stalingrad January 1943.

“And you know, the fact is, nobody knew that they were prosthetic legs. They were the star of the show - these wooden boots peeking out from under this raffia dress - but in fact, they were actually legs made for me.” Aimee Mullins, on her look in the Alexander McQueen S/S 1999 show.

This is a sampling of prosthetics from the 1800 to the mid 1930s. It’s just a few of the many artifacts that can be found in our collection. Pictured above is a rare aluminum leg with flush aircraft rivets… A pair of early legs in the original box with label… an assortment of articulated hands… but most interesting are the original plaster, wax and wood hand models. All these look beautiful with any decor.

Battle of Stalingrad: Red Army officer addresses the men of his command in late 1942. The Red Army put special emphasis on the psychological methods used to boost morale and keep front line troops in fighting trim. The effort was also supplemented by the NKVD and the political commissars, who would shoot anyone found to "avoid" his duty to the Motherland.

A young girl, her doll and her artificial legs in the United Kingdom, 1890

Two artificial noses, 17th-18th century

Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous Rosie the Riveter poster.