Miller's Foot and Shin Guard, 1939
Artifact no. 2012.0040
Canada Science and Technology Museum


Publication/Creation Date
1939
Creators/Contributors
Ellwood Safety Appliance Co. (creator)
Media Type
Graphical Image
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
Reminiscent of medieval armour, this foot and shin guard was actually designed to increase workplace safety at the lumber mill. Made of lightweight aluminum alloy, it was used by workers in the mill’s “wood room.” Logs entering the mill through the “slasher” would be cut into four-foot lengths to be fed into large drums to be debarked. If debarking was incomplete, workers would then use a sharp pick to drag the logs off the conveyer and feed them back through the drums again, at which time the pick could bounce dangerously off the log and strike the worker on the foot or shin. These guards were used by mill workers of the E.B. Eddy Company, a long-standing paper and pulp business of Hull, Quebec, that was originally founded in 1886.

Made in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA.
HCI Platform
Wearables
Discursive Type
Inventions
Location on Body
Feet, Leg
Technology Keywords
Footwear, Shin Guards, Protective Wear
Source
https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=2012.0040.001

Related Collections
The Wearable Past (2018)
Date archived
April 6 2018
Last edited
November 9 2018
How to cite this entry
Ellwood Safety Appliance Co.. (1939). "Miller's Foot and Shin Guard, 1939
Artifact no. 2012.0040
Canada Science and Technology Museum". Canada Science and Technology Museum. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/2915