Sun And White | The Shoe Retailer, March 16, 1929.

June 13, 2015 § 4 Comments

1920s Summer Fashion.


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Arthur L. Benjamin | 1939 World’s Fair.

April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

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The World of Tomorrow: Scenes From the 1939 New York World’s Fair


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Mural on The Communications Building at The 1939 World’s Fair.

Another Mystery Slide.

April 26, 2015 § 1 Comment

This slide is one of a few taken on the same day by my dad. I have no idea who the people are or where it is. Maybe on Long Island somewhere? She’s so hip and timeless with her cool white glasses and flip flops.  Mystery

Boris Bućan.

February 1, 2015 § 1 Comment



Manual S. Gutierrez Inventor | Detachable Shoe Heel 1930.

January 2, 2015 § 2 Comments

While doing research on shoes from the 1930s, I stumbled upon this shoe patent for a detachable heel by Inventor Manual S. Gutierrez. It immediately caught my attention because recently two of my favorite fashion history blogs, The Historialist and Jonathan Walford’s Blog, had related posts on interchangeable heels. What I find interesting is that this patent precedes any of the shoes mentioned in their posts. When I think of the Detachable Heel the Famous I. Miller ad from 1954 comes to mind. It never really seemed like a good idea to me, but the novelty is definitely appealing. As Jonathan Walford mentions in his blog the design is still being reinvented. I would love to know more about Manual S. Gutierrez so stay tuned. I couldn’t find anything when I did a search, but he must exist somewhere.



Source: The Historialist.

Source: The Historialist.

Shugor | Boot And Shoe Recorder, January 1, 1963.

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Bata Shoes | Sun Charmer, 1960.

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Come-Apart Boot, 1960.

December 6, 2014 § 2 Comments


In Honor Of The Orion Spacecraft…Some Fashion For Mars.

December 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

If all goes well tomorrow morning NASA’s Orion spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Watch: First Test Flight for NASA Spacecraft That May Take Us to Mars – Wired


One Step for Space Fashion, One Giant Leap for Astronaut Safety


Note: Jerry Pankin was a shoe designer in Manhattan. I remember hearing his name growing up and found the above copy while doing research on my grandfather, Ben Benjamin. I asked my mother about Jerry and she remembered he was a lot of fun. She recalled him telling her once in jest he was going to design a refrigerator a foot deep that covered the length of a room, that way you could always find what you were looking for. Genius!

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