25 Old Still Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 United States 203.393.9356
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Enormous Shoe Trade Sign

Origin United States, New York
Period 1900-1919
Materials Carved Wood, Tooled Leather, Ribbon
W. 13 in; H. 24.5 in; D. 42 in;
W. 33.02 cm; H. 62.23 cm; D. 106.68 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date Circa 1915
Description American. Albany, New York. Carved wood with tooled leather, cloth ribbon and leather heel. Circa 1915.

This sign’s function was to serve as a counter balance weight to support a rack upon which pairs of shoes were displayed for sidewalk sales on the street in Albany, New York. Early photographs show other merchants using large blocks of wood with similar display racks. The owner of this particular shoe store clearly wanted something unique to call attention to his location over his competitors. This is a substantial as well as beautifully made object with artistic and sculptural qualities.

We tried to give you a sense of the size of this powerful piece by including a known object to which the viewer could relate. A “smart phone” displaying a picture of the Shoe seemed an interesting way to span 100 years of communication techniques.
Styles / Movements Americana, Folk Art
Incollect Reference Number 188725
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