Cane with pull-out map. Manufactured by In-A-Cane Display Co., 1940. Gift of John B. Scholz in memory of Walter Scholz. 1987-97-10.

Cane with Pull-Out Map

This cane looks like a normal, regular walking cane until you pull a map out of it!

The idea and design of this secret cane is so simple and innovative, and those are the components of good design. I was instantly drawn toward the idea of how one could think to put a map in a cane and the way they made it so secretive—it’s so fascinating. Another thing I enjoy about this object is that it is extremely convenient for the elderly either if they’re new to a particular town or even if they have lived there for years!

Museum Number: 
1987-97-10