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Baby Shoes
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Title: Baby Shoes
Identifier: 2008.1.19
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1900-1915
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A pair of black leather baby shoes. Each shoe has three straps with three little round buttons with a metal shaft. Buttonholes are also bound in leather. Left shoe marked "063640 3" and the right shoe marked "063640 5."

History: Mass produced footwear was first introduced in North America in the 19th Century. Handmade shoes were usually made in a cobbler's shop with nails and pegs to hold the shoe parts together. By the beginning of the 20th Century most footwear was being made in part by the use of machines. It was the Arabs who introduced leather to the Spaniards in the 8th Century to use for shoe making.
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