The Boy.

Very Small Boy with Prosthetic Hand - Bowman

This early Walter S Bowman portrait features a very small Native American boy with a prosthetic hand, standing on a wicker chair. The boy tentatively meets the eyes of the photographer, communicating both vulnerability and hope. His hand is likely made of rubber. Rubber hands were developed during the Civil War, which spurred the evolution of prosthetics due to the large number of amputees from that conflict. The new hands were flexible enough and had enough adhesion to hold small objects.


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