Cane with a Pull-Out Map of Boston

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 [ via the ever-dashing Gadget Lab]
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9 Responses to Cane with a Pull-Out Map of Boston

  1. Tubman says:

    As it’s likely that this is the only opportunity I’ll ever have in my life to mention this factoid without it being a complete non sequitur, I’d like to point out that the Oxford English Dictionary famously (well, it’s famous to puerile lexicographers) chose to illustrate usage of the verb ‘to cane’ with the 1866 quotation, “I had a little Greek caned into me”.

  2. cha0tic says:

    Replace the paper map with some e-paper, pop a GPS unit in the thing. Voila! Updated for the 21st century.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t take coffee I take tea my dear
    I like my toast done on one side
    And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
    I’m an englishman in New York

    See me walking down fifth avenue
    A walking cane here at my side
    I take it everywhere I walk
    I’m an englishman in New York

    I’m an alien Im a legal alien
    I’m an englishman in New York
    I’m an alien Im a legal alien
    I’m an englishman in New York

    (Sting – Englishman in New York)

  4. Anonymous says:

    So while I’m looking at my map, I tip over?

  5. Anonymous says:

    If only they had a US American version of this map, It would be a perfect gift for Lauren Caitlin Upton.

  6. Whereismyrobot says:

    Someone should send this to Boston By Foot.

  7. pork musket says:

    It has also been suggested that the word ‘cane’ is derived from Cain, who slew his brother with a staff.

  8. strider_mt2k says:

    He was Able.

  9. Teresa Nielsen Hayden/Moderator says:

    From the Online Etymology Dictionary, an excellent resource:

    1398 from O.Fr. canne, from L. canna “reed, cane,” from Gk. kanna, probably from Assyr. qanu “tube, reed,” from Sumerian gin “reed.” Sense of “walking stick” in Eng. is 1590; verb meaning “to beat with a walking stick” is from 1667.

    In short, you’re right: it is.

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