Posted by Mrsk on April 10, 2003 at 17:42:01:
In Reply to: Re: Christmas Photo quiz 2001 photo 2 - names? posted by Jean on April 10, 2003 at 17:01:53:
Darby Mullins Spencer Street. Most homes had a shoe last and hammer to do half-soles, heels and studs/nails. As well, there would have been an awl with a large round wooden head to give a good grip, and strong, waxed, dark brown or black stitching thread maybe 0.5 to 1.5 millimeter in diameter for sowing. Then came the vulcanized soles !
I salvaged the last from my old family home many years ago. It is of cast iron, marked No.2 and was originaly black. It dates from at least the early 1900's and possibly the late 1800's. The heel and ladies sole bars have markings indicating the height up the ankle/leg the various shoe tops would go when laced up.