This Week's Local History Lesson: Quentin Corley, Dallas Judge and Prosthetics Pioneer
|Library of Congress via Flickr|
|The late Dallas County Judge Quentin Corley, pictured here in 1916|
Hence, his rather uncomfortable sobriquet the "Armless Wonder" (per The American Magazine in 1915), which he overcame by developing and patenting the prosthesis seen here that allowed him to not only drive, but also write with a pen, type on a typewriter, light a smoke, button a collar and cut with a knife. Corley died in Dallas in 1980. But per the pro Flickr-er, this photo appeared in a 1916 issue of Popular Science Monthly accompanied by the cutline "Judge Corley can run his automobile alone, and does it because he likes to." Two years later, he would be mentioned in a New York Times story headlined "Handicaps of Fate Defied by Cripples."