If you read my earlier blog post you’ll know that I have ordered a pair of original Victorian boots for wedding. They arrived in the post today! If you’re looking for vintage items I’d highly recommend 1860-1960 a website run from America. A great selection of items and my boots arrived perfectly packaged and including a little sachet of lavender.
Although the boots looked freakishly small they fit my feet perfectly. I must have smaller and more freaky feet than I realised! It seems a good sign to me that they fit so well. Like it was meant to be. They need a bit of cleaning as the white leather is dirty and I need to change the laces (they are over 100 years old after all!) but they are in great shape.
Inside the top of the boot in gold italic is printed ‘J.L. Hudson Co. Detroit’. After a bit of investigation it turns out that J.L. Hudson was the name of a department store on Woodward Avenue, Detroit.
At 25 stories, it was the world’s tallest department store, and was at one time home to the most exceptional offerings in shopping, dining, services, and entertainment. The store prided itself on stocking everything from grand pianos to spools of thread. In addition to departments offering fashionable clothing and home furnishings, the original Hudson’s store featured an auditorium, a circulating library, dining rooms, barber shops, a photo studio, holiday exhibits, a magnificent place called Toytown, and the world’s largest American flag. Strange to think it housed my boots at one time too.
If anyone knows more about the department store please get in contact!