The Fate of a Mail Carrier ;

or How I Lost My Feet (Terrors of a Blizzard).

Williams, Charles.

Oshkosh : Castle-Pierce Press, n/d (ca. 1889).

Description : 19 p. ; ill., 3 photo.s in-text ; 17 cm.

Photographs : 3 phototypes.

Subject : Medical Care — Amputation.

Notes :

The following image is published by permission from Sugar Tree Books. All rights reserved.

This is the personal narrative of a mail carrier whose legs were amputated after he suffered severe frost bite during the blizzard of 1880. It was not uncommon in the nineteenth century for an invalid to publish a brief narrative, usually on the back of a cabinet card, which could then be distributed to elicit funds for a prosthesis or medical care.

A reader of the Cabinet, who owns a copy of this pamphlet, was kind enough to send a jpeg of another of the photographs, link: »»

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