In 1932, engineer, Harry Jennings,
built the first folding, tubular steel wheelchair. That was the earliest
wheelchair similar to what is in use today. That chair was built for a
paraplegic friend of Jennings called Herbert Everest. Together they founded
Everest & Jennings, a company that monopolized the wheelchair market
for many years. An antitrust suit was actually brought against Everest
& Jennings by the Department of Justice, who charged the company with
rigging wheelchair prices. The case was finally settled out of court.
The first dedicated wheelchair (invented
four centuries ago and called an invalids chair) was made for Phillip II
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The 1869 wheelchair patent gave
rise to a model with rear push wheels and small front casters; it was followed
by a variety of more fanciful models, such as tricycle chairs, high-speed
hand-cranked models, and wheeled attachments for rocking chairs.
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Timeline of wheelchair evolution.
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