Shoe Repair Trade Sign

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Luce Center Label
In the mid- to late nineteenth century, craftsmen carved signs for a wide variety of businesses. These large, easily recognizable symbols guided people to the service or product needed, from the mortar and pestle of the druggist to the shoe of the cobbler and the fish of the fishmonger. This visual language of figures and objects was especially useful to the large numbers of immigrants, many of whom could not speak English.
Topic
Dress\accessory\shoe
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Unidentified
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Medium
carved and painted wood
Dimensions
5 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (14.6 x 47.6 x 16.2 cm.)
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
20th century
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art
Object number
1986.65.325