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Shoes50 of 104Victorian Silk ShoesCan Someone Help Me Identify What Kind of Shoes these may be?
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Posted 2 years ago

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fhrjr2
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Well I posted the shoe pocket knife, so here is the shoe button hook to go along with it. This was my great grand mother's ( born 1887). Nobody else wanted it so it was passed along to me. It is marked Barney's Good Shoes.
I assume they probably gave you a hook when you purchased a pair of shoes. Has anyone ever heard of Barney's shoes?

As a funny side note, I once asked my great grandmother what the greatest invention or event was that she had witnessed in her lifetime. She was in her 80's then. (This was for a high school report) She didn't even hesitate to think, she replied "Toilet Paper".

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  1. Bootson Bootson, 2 years ago
    Your GGrandmother's answer made me smile and I'll bet it was good for more than a few laughs at school, especially if given out loud.
    Materials prior to T.P. did have certain advantages though. Cataloges (before coated paper) were free and delivered.
    Many people then had an almost endless supply of corn cobs.
    Of coarse a big down side to those would be the fact that they aren't flushable.
  2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    Thanks Bootson. The question for the school report had to be read out loud in front of the class. Her reply was disruptive to say the least. As for the cobs being flushable...there was no indoor plumbing when I was a kid. It was outhouse so didn't really matter. We still had an ice box and used kerosene finger lamps until I was about five or six years old. I was totally in awe with electric lights. I couldn't figure out how a push button in the wall could turn on a light in the ceiling. I kind of lost interest when my hand got slapped for turning it on and off until the bulb blew out.
  3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    Thanks mrmajestic.
  4. Bootson Bootson, 2 years ago
    when I was young thats what we had too, a "two hole'r". Although I don't recall more than one person using it at a time. I guess the added the second hole "just in case".
  5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    Sounds like she was quite a gal if she was a dancer and singer.

    Thanks to everyone for the loves.
  6. filmnet filmnet, 2 years ago
    We used these to tighten skates in winter as a kid 1970s, our fingers were so cold.

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