These shoe advertisements all come from our Trade and Advertising collection, in particular the ephemera subset, which consists mostly of trade cards and ads. The Trade and Advertising collection also contains a large amount of billheads and receipts. While these specific examples may advertise a nationally available product, these particular ads all promoted local Charleston businesses. While we do not have exact dates available, it is thought that most of these ads come from the late 19th century.

EPHEMERA FRIDAY: Each Friday we post a selection or small collection from our Archives. Some items may be on exhibit, some may be too fragile to display and some may be too unusual to fit into our typical Lowcountry exhibit themes. We will occasionally ask for help identifying people or places in photographs that have come to us with little or no information. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on EPHEMERA FRIDAY.