One collectible shoe last from
Marked "BA LAST NORTHAMPTON
The following historic information on this hardwood last
was sent to us from
the Northampton Museum in
"Your last is a man's spring last dating probably from the 1930s.
This was the usual type of last in use at the time as the hinge made it easier to remove the last at the end of the making process.
The last is for a low heeled shoe with an oval toe.
It would probably have been a lace shoe, either an Oxford or a Derby, and would have had a stacked heel.
BA stands for the British American Last works. The company was founded in 1909 by C.H. Busby and C.C. Hardwick in premises in Colwyn Road, Northampton. They then built a factory in St. Michaels Road, Northampton and were working from that site by 1912.
The company was still operational about 1976 when they changed their name to Vitalast. It is no longer in existence though I do not have a closure date. They were one of the larger last making companies and we have a number of lasts made by the company in the [museum shoe] collection."
Excellent vintage condition.
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Beautiful Swedish-design platter
A full 16" in diameter.
Very good condition,
with normal and expected wear
for an item of this age.
Nice, handpainted floral motif.
Minnesota state flower:
Pink & White ladyslipper.
In 1947 the Minnesota Legislature passed an act designating 1949 as a year commemorating the centennial of Minnesota's establishment as a territory on March 3, 1849. The legislature appropriated $150,000 to fund the endeavor, to be expended in 1948 and 1949. Administrative responsibility for planning and executing the events, radio broadcasts, and publications that would comprise the year-long celebration was delegated to the Minnesota Historical Society. The Society, in turn, established a centennial committee to carry out the legislative mandate and hired J. M. Nolte as its director. The committee was charged both to plan and direct statewide celebrations.
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