Thursday, October 24, 2013
When he was 39 in 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt contracted polio. People in that era often thought that a physically disabled person was likely also mentally disabled. So, Roosevelt took pains in public to minimize the lingering effects of his illness, even though he never walked again.
The wheelchairs of that time were big, awkward and hard to disguise. So, Roosevelt had an ordinary wooden kitchen chair cut down and fitted with wheels. It is shown in a corner of the living room at his family's home in Hyde Park, New York.
If they ever decide they don't want that rug, they can send it to me.