Grandpa was likely a paralyzed WW2 vet who longed to get back in the excitement and action. Wheelchair basketball was a natural for him.
Category: Peek at the Past
Here’s a red letter day in the history of wheeled mobility- The birth of the modern electric wheelchair.
More accurately, the birth of the first successfully working electric wheelchair. Engineers, designers, clinicians, and consumers were all involved in the project. A process that today’s wheelchair industry should give some consideration to.
“Kitchens For Women In Wheelchairs” is a great wheelchair accessibility peek at the past.
While the title may not reflect today’s disability etiquette, the information contained in this PDF was at one time and to an extent still may be extremely useful.
How did people in 1902 America get their wheelchairs? In a very similar way that today’s wheelchair users do.
Amazingly enough things have not changed that much over the past 100 years. Mass marketers enticed the buying public by hyping features and offering discounts.
I have been feeling kind of retro lately, probably an aging sign, and anyway I do get a kick out of researching wheelchair history.
Wheelchair accessible taxis have been on the activists radar screen for a number of years now but what was it like for the cab riding wheelchair user of 1960?
We tend to flatter ourselves that we are the generation that has by need and through innovation pushed the envelope out on improving mobility for wheelchair users.
Well, to a certain extent we have, but we have most often done that by the common practice of building on what came before.
Here’s a real vintage mobility scooter that is not only a cool slice of wheelchair history but also comes with an interesting story on the creator.
By today’s standards the Tri-Wheeler scooter comes off spartan and certainly homemade in appearance. Similar to many other innovations it was conceived by a tinkerer and born on the farm.
Well now, this one has got me.
Is this a vintage pediatric wheelchair powered by big sister or is it a vintage tow-along stroller?