Lynn, Massachusetts | photos circa 1895.

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A couple years before I got out, before we moved into New York City. We talked it over, Ben Schwartz & I, about starting a factory out of town instead of NY. See? It was getting impossible to lead the business there because of the unions and their demands.  Prices kept on going up higher, and new machinery was coming into place. So people out of town who made cheap shoes could make better shoes than what they were making with the new equipment. So we went. We went to Lynn, and Boston and St. Louis, Cincinnati. We went all around. When I came back we sat down and talked it over. I says Ben, after seeing all the towns, I think Lynn is the best place of the lot. A lot of the shoe factories have went out of business there. Not good shoemakers like we’ve got in New York, but they could be trained–taught to make better shoes. After I got out, Ben Schwartz did finally go to Lynn.  – Ben Benjamin

All photos courtesy of The Library of Congress

 

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I. Miller – Mondrian Pointed Toes, 1960.

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Footwear News 1985.

Footwear News 1985.

1965 | ROGER VIVIER | DESIGN FOR A BUCKLED SHOE | VIVIER FOR YSL & CATHERINE DENEUVE – The Historialist.

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Mondrian Inspired Dresses, Yves Saint Laurent.

Mondrian Inspired Dresses, Yves Saint Laurent.

How the Mondrian dress made art cool.

Holiday Greetings From All The Folks At Goodyear | December 15th, 1961.

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Miss Pappagallo, 1964.

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The Shoe Retailer | February 9, 1929.

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Every Week Is American Girl Week | Boot And Shoe Recorder, Shoe Ad, December 15th, 1961

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For Mother And Daughter, April 5th, 1962.

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Manual S. Gutierrez Inventor | Detachable Shoe Heel 1930.

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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.

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Source: The Historialist.

Source: The Historialist.

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

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There’s A New Cover Girl In Town | 1962.

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