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braces - in the days before the Salk vaccine for polio---This looks like the brace I wore except I had another strap that went below the knee and high top shoes.

Antique childs polio brace and shoe

Children's leg braces

crutches, leg brace, short leg

Child’s polio braces - just struck me as interesting---Here are my ugly brown shoes I had to wear with my brace.

Little girl with leg braces for polio

  • Karl Kalhoun

    She is the 1955 March of Dimes poster girl for 1955. She was one of the most photogenic kids chosen. She was seen in film and print and seemed to be a genuinely happy little girl who never let polio get in her way. Recently, she was seen on PBS about antiques with her collection from those days. Still a fantastic personality - way to inspire Mary Kosloski

Antique Polio Brace by justonefix on Etsy, $120.00----These are the brown high top shoes I had to wear until I was eighteen. I hated these shoes, the color would rub off at the toe. If you wanted them to look nice you had to polish them. The sole would wear down to paper thin, no protection from rain or heavy dew. To walk on a wet floor was a sure bet you would fall with these shoes. The ankle joint had to be oil frequently, see this one is rusted.

Maria using her walker and leg braces.

FDR's Wheel Chair and Leg Braces

old leg brace...----You had to check your brace all the time for lose or missing screws.