The cost of Gendron’s top chairs started at $32 in 1913. The “Ideal Chair” had the large drive wheels at the back and two stabilizer wheels at the front. But this was not so it could be tipped back to go over obstacles. Gendron pictured well-dressed people sitting sedately in their homes. The manufacturer was selling respectable domesticity to ladies and gentlemen with limited walking capacity. Can you imagine wheelies?

Gendron Trade Catalogue, Ideal Chair

Gendron Trade catalogue, ca. 1913. Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Library, special collections.

Gendron Trade Catalogue, Ideal Chair

Gendron Trade catalogue, ca. 1913. Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Library, special collections.