Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shoe Shop


Today's pictures shows the Gilpin Shoe Shop in Richmond Virginia. The picture was taken in 1899. The shop made, repaired, and sold shoes.

9 comments:

  1. It is funny that you don't see a shoe shine stand out front, but maybe they have one inside.

    Sorry I'm Late this morning.

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  2. In Louisiana, the deaf were taught to cobble and the blind to cane chairs.

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  3. Can you imagine the personal service you got when you stepped into this store back in 1899? You aren't going to find that at the big stores. I am so used to self service now I don't what I'd do with shoe guys running around trying to fit me while I just sat there. When I was a kid,(60's, 70's)shoe buying was a big deal.

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  4. One more comment, I just noticed the guy on the far right. Is that some sort of cape he is wearing?

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  5. A tailored suit AND custom made shoes?! Deluxe.

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  6. Dave107: That looks like a great coat, also known as a watchcoat, which comes with a small cape attached to it, providing extra warmth and sometimes it was also water-repellent.

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  7. There are just a few shops left scattered around in small towns that still have personal service. There is one little shop in my town that does..the little store dates back to the late 1800's..I remember department stores back in the 1970's having "pretty good" service in the shoe departments..Today it is all gone...and nearly all the shoes are from China..even the expensive one's.

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  8. So, it's 5:55. Are you sleeping in, or making a long post this morning?

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