Design for a Shoe |Dec 15, 1936

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment


I designed the shoes and at first I cut them too, and I uh ran the factory, handled everything.  I bought the machinery, equipped the plant, set up the plant, laid out the plans. — I invented a lot of things.

Ben Benjamin on starting Schwartz & Benjamin.

Ben Benjamin

Ben Benjamin | Shoe Designer

  The Historialist Of Shoes And Shoemakers

Fashion Model Peru 1952

September 25, 2014 § Leave a comment


by Toni Frissell 1952 Courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Fashion Tour Guides | Fifth Avenue

September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Spotted on Fifth Avenue today, lovely fashion tour guides…



And on Sixth Avenue, marchers for climate change!



Ad for Ban-Lon Imprints | St. Petersburg Times, 1971

September 20, 2014 § 1 Comment

St. Petersburg Times, February 7th, 1971

St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, February 7th, 1971.

Shoes For Teens

September 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Teens - 1961

Boot and Shoe Recorder, 1961


Teen-age Consumer a Go-Go promotion at J.H.S. 164, New York, New York, photo Len Morgan, 1967 Courtesy of The Library of Congress


Boot and Shoe Recorder, 1961

Underwater Fashion

September 12, 2014 § 2 Comments


Fashion model underwater with diver in dolphin tank, Marineland, Florida Toni Frissell, 1939


Fashion model underwater in dolphin tank, Marineland, Florida, Toni Frissell, 1939

Weeki Wachee spring, Florida, Toni Frissell, 1947

Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, Toni Frissell, 1947

 The Life Aquatic with Bruce Mozert


Silvers Springs, Florida. Bruce Mozert Photographer


New Women’s Leathers For Fall, 1964

September 8, 2014 § 8 Comments

Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin

IMG_8529 copy

Boot and Shoe Recorder, January 1, 1964.

Boot and Shoe Recorder,  January 1st, 1964.

Boot and Shoe Recorder, January 1, 1964.

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Boot and Shoe Recorder, January 1, 1964.


Shoe Men | Ben Schwartz and Ben Benjamin

September 4, 2014 § 4 Comments

torn label -Schwartz & Benjamin

Below is part of a conversation transcribed from tape recorded interviews with my grandfather I did as a child. He tells me about how he formed his partnership with Ben Schwartz of Schwartz & Benjamin, Inc. prior to leaving  Sigman & Cohen, the first shoe company he helped start.

Ben Benjamin:

“There was a mutual friend of Mr. Schwartz’s and myself that knew both of us and uh he use to sell supplies that use to go into shoes like counters and shanks.

He says, you know Ben Schwartz, don’t you? I says yeah. Well he’s not very happy with his two partners, he wants to get out. And uh we got together and spoke the thing over. He heard about me and all I could do and he’d met me a couple times down at the club…He decided to break up with his two partners cause he couldn’t get along with them. One of them especially. He had fist fights on the floor. See?

Ben Schwartz was a bookkeeper originally and he was a terrific salesman like your dad.

So uh he went and spoke to Max Wallacher his old boss about me, and a few other people. Max Wallacher says to him, he says if you two can get along, he says you can be the biggest men in this town in the shoe business. He says you (Ben Schwartz) in the selling end of it and Ben (my grandfather) running the factory. He’s a good factory man, designer – but you’ve got to learn to live with one another, and we got a long fine – When I first told him I wanted to get out, he says no, he wouldn’t let me. Now in all those years, we never had a fight. We never had an argument.”

Photos from a visit to Schwartz and Benjamin, Inc.,  New York City,  1972.
Ben Schwartz with daughter Bebe

Ben Schwartz with daughter Bebe

Ben Benjamin (far right)

Ben Benjamin (far right)

Ben Benjamin (Left)

Ben Benjamin (Left)

Luigino Rossi

Luigino Rossi

More from The Historialist of Shoes and Shoemakers on Ben Benjamin and I. Miller

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The Historialist of Shoes and Shoemakers/Ben Benjamin – Crik-etts

August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Historialist of Shoes and Shoemakers – Designer and Shoemaker | Ben Benjamin Part 3

This summer I found a few more missing pieces to the Crik-etts puzzle.  The Historialist is correct that the company continued making shoes past 1954 after my grandfather joined I. Miller.  Below is part of a Licensing contract between The Irving Drew Corporation and my grandfather from August 15th, 1958 and a New York Times Ad from 1962.



Crik-etts Licensing Agreement 1958 1


Crik-etts Licensing Agreement 1958 1st page

Crik-etts Ad NYT June 3 1962

New York Times, June 3 1962

Crik-etts Ad NYT June 3, 1962 Back

Back of Crik-etts Ad, New York Times  | June 3rd, 1962


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