The best part of this cane with a pull-out map of Boston is that it was made by the "In-A-Cane Display Co.," an entire company devoted to a single, retractable purpose.
Easily pulled out from the cane to guide the pedestrian, the spring-loaded map depicts the city, complete with significant buildings and a key at the bottom for modern and historical destinations. Produced at the time of the 1940 American Legion National Convention in Boston, where thousands of members gathered from around the country, the map notes twenty-nine hotels and forty-three historic sites and monuments.Wait a second, I may have had a breakthrough: are canes called "canes" because they used to be made out of cane? I never put that together. Collection Page [Ideo.CooperHewitt.org via the ever-dashing Gadget Lab]