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Catalog Number 2002.32.01
Object Name Wheelchair
Dimensions H-49 W-25 D-48 inches
Date c. 1930-c.1940
Notes Chair was used by Annie Helberg of Helena. Helberg Drive, Helena, Montana was named for her family, a prominent farming family from the area. Annie suffered from cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair her entire life. Was the longest lived resident of the Cooney Convalescent center. Annie had two wheelchairs her entire life. The first one was very similar to this chair, it was damaged while Annie visited the Last Chance Stampede fair. It was immediately replaced with this chair, which was part of the Cooney Convalescent Centers equipment. It became Annie's chair in 1973.
Oak chair, with oak rail back and solid oak seat, mounted on painted chrome wheels. Chair is adjustable from upright to semi-reclining by series of notches on each side near seat. Wooden arm rests. Two leg rests with fold-up foot support operate separately by hand lever and notched curved metal bar. Suspension coil below each seat corner. Two 25-3/4" diameter rubber tired wheels with spokes have chrome hand-power circular bar chrome was once painted tan, but has worn off. Two 10/1/2" diameter rubber-tired rear wheels with spokes are connected to a vertical pivot bar, for governing direction of travel. Metal frame is machine made and painted tan.

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