Wheelchair with tray, Manufacturer Everest and Jennings, Concord, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1960-1970. Canada Science and Technology Museum, artifact no. 1991.0225. Used in Hôpital de L’Assomption, Grand Falls, New Brunswick.

Where wheelchairs are seen affects how society sees the person in the chair. A Bath Chair was a mobility device for a high society spa — an invalid chair was hidden away in the home. In the 20th century, the wheelchair was often seen in the hospital. The wheelchair user had become a patient, a subject of medical interest. Wheelchairs were regularly seen on Canada’s main streets only after World War II.