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    Posted 11 years ago

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    I recently got this old Selz Shoes sign. I collect alot of shoe and foot related items and this fit right in. I have hung it in my physical therapy office at the door that goes into our orthotic lab. Dont know alot about the sign itself but found out alot about Selz shoes. They went out of business in 1929 so guess the sign is 1920s? It is a double sided flange sign. The following is from a website about history of Elgin Illinois where the Selz shoe factory was located.

    Originally a Chicago firm, George Ludlow moved his shoe factory to Elgin through an offer from the Elgin Improvement Company. The offer was for a building and the land that it sat on. Ludlow was promised 20 percent interest in the building and property for every consecutive year that he employed 350 workers.

    Employment would reach 370 by 1891. Employees worked a 10 hour day, six days a week. By 1896, the plant began making women's shoes under contract for Selz-Schwab & Company of Chicago. By the 1920’s, the plant would produce 2,000 pairs of women's shoes daily.

    While shoes are no longer produced in this building, it still stands today. The Selz-Schwab Shoe Factory closed in 1929, but the building would later become the home of a manufacturer of women's' dresses, a neon sign factory, an indoor miniature golf course and finally one of the headquarters for the State of Illinois highway sign shops. Six painters created the route signs for the primary roads in eight Illinois counties. Today, The Shoe Factory is a series of condominiums.

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    1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 11 years ago
      Morning Jamie, Do you still have "Oil Cans" in your collection?
    2. jamiedpt jamiedpt, 11 years ago
      Hi Kerry, yes we still collect some cans. My son James especially likes em.
    3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 11 years ago
      If you like this one, you're more than welcome to it, little rough but not to bad.
    4. jamiedpt jamiedpt, 11 years ago
      Awesome, I love it Kerry!
    5. jamiedpt jamiedpt, 11 years ago
      jbcollector chevy59 Designer Longings ttomtucker mtg75 Manikin trukn20 officialfuel kerry10456 spiritinthesky3 mustangtony thank you all for the LOVE!
    6. jamiedpt jamiedpt, 11 years ago
      thanks for the love packrat-place musikchoo AntigueToys ho2cultcha shughs toolate2 gargoylecollector
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 11 years ago
      Jamie, has your box arrived yet? If not should be shortly, maybe tomorrow.
    8. jamiedpt jamiedpt, 11 years ago
      not yet, I will watch for it today!
    9. jamiedpt jamiedpt, 11 years ago
      Kerry the can came today, LOVE it! thank you. Perfect timing, today is my birthday so it was my first present of the day :) Will try to get some photos of it later and post them here

      thanks again,
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 11 years ago
      Happy B-Day and glad I was the first present, LOL. Just wanted to drop by and wish you and yours "Happy Holidays" and thank you for all your support in the past, very appreciated!!

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