Future Ship Workers -- A One-armed Welder


This poster, produced in 1919, shortly after the end of World War I, is from an exhibit of the U.S. Red Cross Institute for Crippled and Disabled Men and the Red Cross Institute for the Blind. The illustrations show a scene in which disabled men are taught welding, and another where a man with a partially amputated arm operates a welding torch. The captions read, “Disabled men are taught oxy-acetylene welding in the Red Cross Institute for Crippled and Disabled Men, New York City,” and “His good arm enables him to handle the torch as effectively as two-armed workmen.” The United States suffered more than 320,000 casualties in World War I: more than 117,000 deaths and 204,000 wounded. After the war, the Red Cross, along with other private organizations, assisted disabled veterans by providing occupational therapy, by teaching new skills, and by providing assistance to dependent families of hospitalized veterans.

Last updated: February 10, 2014