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MORE Shoes!

In Shoes on June 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

 Can you believe it?  More Shoes!   Now, there just has to be a message here.  My mother called from an estate sale Saturday and wanted to know if I wanted another cast iron shoe form.  I told her that apparently yes, because I had just found another shoe myself at a garage sale!  Two more shoe picks in one afternoon!   Actually, minutes from each other.  This is begging the question here.  Could the mid west of been a leading shoe industry?  Were there more cobblers employed around here?  I can’t wait to see what else I discover.  Now this particular shoe stand does not have any etching or writing on it.  No label to identify its origins.   What is really unique is that the top stem is not square like the others!  It has six sides.  Therefore, all cast iron shoe forms are NOT interchangeable.  Could this be simply different companies, or is an indication of who and where the cobbler was from?   So many questions!  Someone must know these answers.  Send me information.  I will get to the bottom of this 🙂

The other shoe appears to be made of cork or just have cork pieces in the bottom.  It’s very pretty. It’s a 9C size.  This marvelous shoe is labeled “Property of Musebeck Shoe Co”.   Woohoo!  I have something to go on! Take a peak at this link.  In 1927, George Musebeck founded his company and it continues to work hard to produce shoes for us today.  They are located on 803 Westover St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.    I saved this shoe from continuing to be a candle holder.  I have to get some of that poster gum out from the top whole.  Cute idea though….

Lucky Shoes!

In Shoes on June 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

I have been finding old cobbler’s shoe forms and assorted accessories for shoes lately.   Is it because women love shoes?    In one day, I kept finding pieces here and there.  I took it as a sign and bought them all.   Notice the cast iron BIG BOY stand  in the left?   Those cast iron ‘shoes’ are placed on top and then the shoe making material is placed over that form.   The beginning of mass production of shoes in various sizes!   I am wondering if BIG BOY is the same company who made pot belly stoves?  Can anyone tell me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.
My favorite piece is the blue children’s shoe stretcher.   Gotta keep those shoes for a long time you know?!   Mom would place those stretchers inside the shoe and let it stretch the material just a bit more.  (don’t grow child!)     This collection is really timeless and quite beautiful in my opinion.   Let us know if you want a closer picture of any of our shoes.
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