Making an artificial leg, 1932.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of a man asembling a pair of artificial legs at Desoutter Brothers' artificial limbs factory at Hendon, taken by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 September, 1932. The Desoutter Brothers' artificial leg became the best-selling artificial limb in Britain between the two world wars. World War One acted as a catalyst for the development of artificial limbs. Metal limbs became more common than wooden ones, and mas-production improved their degree of standardisation. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.