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A banner painted for the Boot and Shoe Makers group of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in 1841 features facing boots with the text, "He that will not pay the Shoe-Maker is not worthy of a Sole."
The reverse side reads, "Sons of Crispin, Sherman, Pendrill, Lee Gifford, Bloomfield, and a host of their Craft have laboured with their [illustration of an awl] to mend the Soles and improve the Understandings of mankind."
The banner was one of 17 created for a Triennial Festival Parade in Portland Oct. 8, 1841 to promote civic pride and to promote the skilled artisans who belonged to the Charitable Mechanic group.
About This Item
- Title: Boot and Shoe Makers trade banner, Portland, 1841
- Creator: Capen Jr., William
- Creation Date: 1841
- Subject Date: 1841
- Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
- Media: Oil on linen
- Dimensions: 94 cm x 113 cm
- Local Code: 2010.292.013
- Object Type: Physical Object
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Artisans--Labor unions
- Charitable organizations--Maine
- Humorous pictures
- Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (Portland, Me.)
- Shoe industry--Maine
- Shoemakers--Labor unions
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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