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[Transcript of Three Letters]

Description: Copy of transcript for three letters, concerning the transfer of money and goods between James Bryan and Moses Austin and their customers and friends.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bryan, James; Austin, Moses & Cunningham, James, Jr.
Partner: The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

[Stir-off Time 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, then 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 the NBC Today Show 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 1980s. ...
Date: 194u
Creator: Clark, Joe
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[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

[Letter from Linnet and C. B. Moore to Mary Moore and Birdie McGee, Noveber 7, 1893]

Description: Letter from Linnet Moore to her mother, Mary Moore, and her cousin Birdie McGee. Linnet writes about the trip she made with her father to by a cape, some shoes, and some flour. She gives the details of the party she threw and a list of the individuals who attended. She expects the house to be done by next week. Mary Kennedy and her mother are moving to Dallas. She said she was invited on a trip with friends, but could not go as it would require an overnight stay. Charles B. Moore wrote to Mary Moore that the house is ready for the shingles. He updates Mary on the crops; the health of family and friends; her flowers
Date: November 7, 1897
Creator: Moore, Linnet & Moore, Charles B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Dinkie and Birdie McGee to Mary, Linnet, and Charles B. Moore, May 10, 1891]

Description: Letter from Dinkie McGee to Mary and Charles Moore in which she updates them on the health of family members, the weather, and the crops. She informs them that Ethel Campbell has died. Birdie writes to Linnet that her grandmother's feet hurt; her visit with Charlie Hoffman and his baby Altie B.; the dress she wore to a show; and her work on her quilt.
Date: May 10, 1891
Creator: McGee, Dinkie & McGee, Birdie
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Schlosberg Store

Description: Eight unidentified men, four unidentified women and one child inside of Schlosberg's Store around 1910 in Henrietta, TX. Displays show a variety of fabrics, accessories and a hat while signs advertise shoes and Butterick Patterns further back in the store.
Date: 1910~
Partner: Clay County Historical Society

[Photograph of a Pair of Shoes]

Description: Photograph of a pair of children's lace-up (3 holes) leather shoes; pegged soles with several metal nails; heel piece and tongue stitched separately; no evidence of wear; no discernible left or right; marked "X" on one, "1X" or "X1" on other
Date: unknown
Partner: Star of the Republic Museum

[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

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

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

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

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

Shoe Upper Blank.

Description: Patent for a new and improved shoe-upper blank. This design "relates to an improvement in blanks for the uppers of what are known as 'plow-shoes,' wherein a fly is folded over the instep and secured upon the side of the shoe by means of a tongue and buckle. The object of [the] invention is to provide a durable, inexpensive, and comfortable shoe which will be largely free from stitching and will have a neatly fitting and pleasing appearance" (lines 7-16).
Date: October 4, 1887
Creator: Skinner, John Leary
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

Blacking Brush.

Description: Patent for a new and improved blacking brush. This design "relates to an improvement in boot-blacking brushes so disposed that fluid blacking may be used; and to this end [the design] provide[s] a reservoir at one end with a forwardly-projecting tube or nozzle therefrom, the said reservoir having a disk at one side, so that when pressed the liquid will be forced through the nozzle upon the boot" (lines 13-20).
Date: August 2, 1887
Creator: England, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department