Gendron Wheelchair

Contributed by EACH Project

This, unusual, hand crank operated wheelchair was donated to Enham by the American Red Cross to help with the care and re-integration of wounded ex-servicemen. The Gendron makers' plaque on the back locates the company in Perrysburg Ohio, allowing us to date the object to 1941-59; before the company moved. Unfortunately we have no further records of the gift except this chair and an identical one in need of repair.

This wheelchair serves to demonstrate the horrific consequences of human conflict with not only dead but severely wounded as well; those to use these chairs having lost the use of their legs. However, it also speaks of human compassion with the donation of an appliance from an ally to help those in need.

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Perrysburg Ohio

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Between 1941-59

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