Wheels and Convenience
When Nurse Monique Émard acquired this chair for her four-room hospital in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, sometime between 1935 and 1950, she bought the extras—springs, push rims, and bicycle ball bearings. Gendron recommended two rear stabilizer wheels for very heavy patients and to give a sense of stability for the “extremely nervous”. The adjustable back and leg rests allowed the chair to double as a gurney. It was a high-end convenience, but for whom?