Fox Shoe Co. pictures by Charles Sheldon

Charles Gates Sheldon was born in 1894 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and spent most of his life in Springfield, Massachusetts. He drew most of his life and contributed artwork to his high school yearbook.

He studied at the Art Students League and then on to Paris to study under the father of poster art, Alphonse Mucha, famous for his artwork on Job cigarette papers and Sandra Bernhard theater posters. Sheldon started contributing hat, glove and fashion artwork to Ladies Home Journal shortly after leaving high school.

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Gold Shoes

Gold is the only colour that can compete with red in multiplicity and inconsistency in meanings. Just like red gold carries explicitly ambivalent connotations in human perception, history, mythology, religious symbology, in everyday life, in fashion.

In dress gold was always intended to show wealth and statehood in all its brilliance; after all who is richer then king, what is brighter than sun?!

Shoe Icons collection numbers more a hundred pairs of gold coloured shoes and having finished work on the Red Shoe project, we start with Gold Shoe album, presenting some glimpses of gold in our new exhibition.

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Red Shoe

Red color in Shoe Icons collection

Brilliancy, attractiveness and appeal of the red color have turned it into a primal expression of love. Tender feelings, cordial predisposition, carnal infatuation are associated in many nations with warmth provided by fire. To be in love - is to burn, not to love - is to be chilly and cold. This is why the notion of the wildfire of passion and heart fervor has become traditional. This is why red in many nations symbolizes affection. Red rose is the emblem of love.

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Fauna of the buttonhook world

Shoe buttonhook - a simple and functional device intended to facilitate buttoning of the shoes, became a widely spread household accessory in the second half of the 19-th century.

Victorian times are often described as the time when people strived to rationalize and mechanize even the simplest routine operations. But the interest to the history of this period cannot be explained by simple aspiration of the Victorians for technical perfection. The beauty of the objects, even of the most utilitarian ones, has never been pushed to the background, aesthetics was never less important than functionality.

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