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[Molasses Stir-Off Shoe Game]

Description: Narrative by Junebug Clark in the summer of 2014 Photograph of a group of teenagers from Lincoln Memorial University in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee playing a game of "Shoes in a Circle" A boy and girl team up and removed their shoes and pile them up randomly with other contestants shoes. A signal starts the mad rush to find and put on their shoes. The team to complete the task first wins. This photo appears on page 766 of National Geographic Magazine. A 21 page article on Cumberland Gap and its people with photographs by Joe Clark, HBSS appears in this early 1940's publication. It's a great article. I'm sorry that I don't have the date handy now, but if you have gotten this far... I'd highly recommend digging further for that Geographic Magazine. Overall Background: These Molasses Making Stir-off photos were shot by Joe Clark HBSS in the early to mid-1940s. Either on the farm of Fred Whitaker about four miles southwest of Cumberland Gap, or in Cumberland Gap on the farm of Baptist preacher the Rev. Hugh Vancel. More information about these images can be found in scrapbooks in the Clark Family Collection at the University of North Texas Special Collections Library. Specifically in a Detroit news pictorial article published December 13, 1942 titles "stir-off party" where mountaineers make molasses and merriment. Also in life magazine published November 13, 1950 [page 156] titled “Stir-off Time in Tennessee, Fun Starts in Hills as Molasses Boils.’ Also in the library is NBC Today Show video taped story on Joe Clark HBSS by Bob Dotson. It features Joe Clark returning to Cumberland Gap Tennessee to photograph a molasses stir off taking place in the same location as some of these photographs and attended by some of the same people in the early ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Shoe-Fastening.

Description: Patent for the improvement of shoe fastenings by making them out of leather and with more fashionable eyelets. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: July 11, 1891
Creator: Hamilton, Samuel McCleary
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Family picture]

Description: Photograph of a family sitting together on a low wooden bridge. In the image, the mother sits in the middle wearing shoes while the rest of the children sit on either side barefoot.
Date: unknown
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Photograph of Young Man Walking]

Description: Photograph of young man walking in front of Chandler's Shoes on the sidewalk. The young man is wearing a collared long sleeve shirt and pants. The young man is holding an object in his left hand. There are numerous amounts of people and various stores in the background.
Date: April 15, 1946
Partner: Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas

Detachable Rubber Heel.

Description: Patent for "a rubber heel tap adapted for detachable connection to the heel of a boot or shoe, and which shall serve to cushion the fall of the heel," and "to provide a corrugated surface upon the face of the heel which shall adapt the same for service as an ice creeper." (Lines 14-21) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: May 28, 1895
Creator: Williams, Thomas Jackson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Heel for Boots and Shoes.

Description: Patent for a new and improved heel for boots and shoes. This design is for a hollow heel of malleable metal (e.g., iron) to be filled with some cheaper material (e.g., wood). This design represents an improvement over previous heels with its cheaper production cost and greater durability.
Date: November 7, 1882
Creator: Dranley, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shoe box. This design "has relation to store-boxes for boots and shoes, designed to open automatically when drawn forward, and to close automatically when pushed back into place on the shelf or on the floor; and the invention consists in the construction and novel arrangement of a swinging hanger pivoted to a bearing above the box, and a slideway secured to the cover, which is hinged to the back of the box" (lines 18-27).
Date: July 22, 1884
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved box for boots and shoes. This design is "to be arranged beneath the counter, between the guide-strips upon the floor, and mounted on wheels, and provided with mechanism connected to the hinged lids of the boxes to raise the lid as the box is pulled out, and to close it when the box is pushed back to place again. This may be accomplished in several ways" (lines 26-33).
Date: November 20, 1883
Creator: Cook, Emmanuel Thomas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mud Shoe.

Description: Patent for a new and improved mud shoe. This design has for its object "to provide a device adapted to be worn over the ordinary boot or shoe and afford a convenient means for keeping the same out of the mud, dirt, or water; and the novelty consists in the detail of the construction and combination of the several parts" (lines 18-24).
Date: November 13, 1883
Creator: Carroll, Samuel T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot or Shoe Brace.

Description: Patent for a new and improved brace for shoes and boots. This design "relates to a brace adapted to be applied to boots and shoes, and is designed as a brace for the counter, heel, and instep; and it has for its object to provide a brace . . . which shall be simple in its construction, one that may be readily and easily applied, and manufactured and supplied at a slight cost" (lines 9-16).
Date: May 5, 1885
Creator: Awalt, Jessee C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Heel Attachment.

Description: Patent for a new and improved heel attachment. This design consists in "[t]he shoe having the sole provided with the plate having the struck-up flange and U-plate, the flange and plate forming the groove, and the plate being further provided with the perforation, in combination with the heel provided at its upper end with the plate, supported slightly above the same and adapted to fit the groove and provided with a perforation aligning with the [former] perforation, and the screw inserted downwardly through the perforation and terminating in the heel" (lines 71-82).
Date: July 30, 1889
Creator: Grumbach, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Shoe Cabinet.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shoe cabinet. This design "is to provide for the convenient arrangement of the stock according to size, style, or make, and so as to enable the salesman or attendant to have ready access to different styles and sizes and to select those desired without the trouble of moving or handling other stock. It consists, essentially, of a case or cabinet furnished with drawers which are arranged in groups or sections and with a door for each group or section. It consists, further, in dividing each drawer into several compartments by movable or 'knockdown' partitions" (lines 12-24).
Date: September 18, 1888
Creator: Settle, Witcha S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Boot and Shoe Indicator.

Description: Patent for a new and improved boot and shoe display. This design "is to provide an indicator for the use of retail dealers in boots and shoes, or other merchandise and wares, by which apparatus the stock can be kept with great accuracy and facility. To that end . . . an indicating-plate with slides [is included], which is to be attached upon the boxes, shelves, drawers, or other receptacles for the goods, as an indicator for showing what goods are contained in the receptacle" (lines 8-17).
Date: April 3, 1883
Creator: Woodlief, George T. & Dunn, George Roe.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Revolving Boot and Shoe Box.

Description: Patent for a new and improved revolving boot and shoe box. This design "consists in the employment of a revolving conoidal or tapering case having a series of compartments arranged one series above another throughout its entire height, and disposed within a surrounding case or inclosure provided with sliding doors" (lines 23-29).
Date: January 9, 1883
Creator: Irvine, William Fielding
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Abraham Borth and Dave Peil

Description: Photograph of Abraham Borth (standing) and David Peil (seated). David Peil wears a World War 1 uniform with hat. His left leg is on his right knee. Abraham Borth is standing behind him with his right hand resting on David Peil's right shoulder. Abraham Borth is dressed in a suit with a tie and hat. They are standing in front of a fake background with painted flowers and drapery. The photograph is held in a paper frame.
Date: unknown
Partner: Wolf Creek Heritage Museum

[Portrait of Woman in Dress]

Description: Photograph of 1 person. The woman is photographed in one full-length, right three-quarter facing pose. She is standing beside a chair with her left arm resting on the back. She is wearing a light-colored lace dress with a bow decoration at the waist, a light-colored hat, and dark colored shoes; she is holding a bouquet. Her hair is pulled back behind the hat. In the background, there is a backdrop with a bookshelf and window.
Date: unknown
Creator: Born, Julius
Partner: River Valley Pioneer Museum

[Portrait of Woman in Dress]

Description: Photograph of 1 person. The woman is photographed in one full-length, right three-quarter facing pose. She is standing beside a chair with her left arm resting on the back. She is wearing a light-colored lace dress with a bow decoration at the waist, a light-colored hat, and dark colored shoes; she is holding a bouquet. Her hair is pulled back behind the hat. In the background, there is a backdrop with a bookshelf and window.
Date: unknown
Creator: Born, Julius
Partner: River Valley Pioneer Museum