INJURY COLLECTION: “The Peg Leg Department”

The Peg Leg Department of the Surgical Appliances Association in London, allied with the American Red Cross, where all splints and similar appliances for American soldiers on this side of the water are made. The workers are all women, who have become highly skilled in their unique war work. They supply both the American and British armies with all kinds of splints and surgical appliances, many of which have been invented or improved by the women themselves. The peg-legs are a specialty of the Association, being fitted to men for use while their stumps are healing and until a regular artificial limb can be fitted. After many efforts the Association has got the manufacture of peg-legs down to such a fine point that the average cost is only about $2.25. World War 1.

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