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Iron and steel polio brace for a woman late 1800's----The knee joint is not much different in the brace I wear today.

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

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.

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

Studio photo of a young girl wearing a pair of artificial legs, ~ 1900. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham, a boot- and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset.

Studio photograph of a seated woman wearing an artificial leg manufactured by James Gillingham

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

Street doctor. 1877 (look at his right leg). -- One leg is shorter than the other, wonder why is that?

A boy with cerebral palsy learns how to use leg braces with the help of a visiting nurse about 1960. See more pictures at www.facebook.com/...

crutches, leg brace, short leg