ERICKSON LEGS are Wonderful (Mar, 1924)

Those who wear them say:

ERICKSON LEGS are Wonderful
because they do not chafe, overheat or draw end of stump.

“If I hadn’t been all through it myself, I wouldn’t have the assurance to tell you to “cheer up.”

If you have bad a recent amputation send for new booklet on TEST LEGS for beginners.
38-A Washington Av. N. MINNEAPOLIS • MINN.

  1. Blurgle says: May 16, 20073:06 am

    Imagine a time when there were so many people with amputations that it was worth taking out an ad in Popular Mechanics.

  2. Charlie says: May 16, 20079:35 am

    Somewhere I have another one about fake arms that you can use to operate machine tools. I thought that was an even more ridiculously niche item.

    I wonder why so many people lost legs. I guess a lot of them could have been in the war. Probably infection caused a lot of amputations as well…

  3. Reader says: May 16, 20079:46 pm

    Minneapolis was a major milling town, with many saw mills along the river on the north side – near this address. A town of dangerous jobs, it became an artificial limb making center by the turn of the 19th century. There used to be an old brick building along Washington Ave. with a faded sign advertising artificial limbs, but I’m not sure whether it was Erickson or not.

  4. […] Modern Mechanix comes this ad for artificial limbs, from the March 1924 issue of Popular Mechanics: Those who wear […]

  5. Susan Erickson Sampson says: June 1, 20088:28 am

    I’m the great granddaughter of E. H. Erickson. I would love to have any information you have on my great grandfather and his company — especially a copy of his advertisement from you 1924 issue. At one point in time E. H. Erickson Co. was the largest supplier of artificial limbs in the world.


    Susan E. Sampson

  6. TERRY says: June 22, 20083:12 pm


    I do not know much about your grandfather, but along with some coins that my grandmother gave me many years ago I received a coin from your grandfathers company. If you would like to contact me about it, e-mail me at [email protected].


  7. Robert Hey says: September 7, 20087:55 am

    I metal detect for fun and collect the old coins that I find. Yesterday I found a Good luck Tokin about the size of a fifty cent peice from your Granddad’s company.
    email [email protected] for info

  8. George says: September 13, 20083:04 pm

    I grew up in the late forties/early fifties, and people, ,mostly men, with missing legs or arms were something you saw daily. A friend of mine used to wonder if sometimes they fell off when you grew up, like teeth.

  9. Charlie says: September 13, 20083:16 pm

    George: A friend of mine works at the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park, San Diego, and from the stories she’s told me, I think that we’re unfortunately seeing another surge of amputees coming back from Iraq.

  10. Toronto says: September 13, 20087:09 pm

    Charlie: With necessity comes invention, of course, so a lot of the veterans of the latest round of wars will likely get prosthetics that nobody will notice under long pants or sleeves.

    I must say the Erickson leg in the ad looks pretty good for the era. Note the pivoting foot, for example.

  11. Paul Trautman says: September 4, 201112:41 am

    To: Susan Erickson Sampson
    My grandfather worked for your great grandfather from 1907 to 1914.
    Reply with an email and we may be able to share information.

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