A Very Small Boy, with a Prosthetic Hand - 1890s


Very Small Boy with Prosthetic Hand - Bowman

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This early Bowman portrait features a very small Native American boy with a prosthetic hand, standing on a wicker chair. The boy tentatively meets the eyes of the photographer, communicating both vulnerability and hope. His hand is likely made of rubber. Rubber hands were developed during the Civil War, which spurred the evolution of prosthetics due to the large number of amputees from that conflict. The new hands were flexible enough and had enough adhesion to hold small objects. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0075
Photographer Walter S. Bowman
Location Pendleton, Umatilla County
Subject Native Americans, Portraits
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Cabinet Card
Size of Original 3.9 x 5.5 inches
Photographer's Number No