On Canadian Ground - Stories of Footwear in Early Canada See more of the Virtual Museum of Canada
ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
MEN'S SHOES
WOMEN'S SHOES
BELL SHOES
CHILDREN'S SHOES
SKATES
INDUSTRIALIZATION - MAKING SHOES WITH MACHINES
THE RETAIL STORE
BULLDOG TOE BUTTON BOOTS
ADVERTISING SHOES
THE PRESENT BEGINS HERE
Bell shoe advertisement, 1890
Bell shoe advertisement, 1890
Bell shoes
Bell shoes

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Bell Shoes

The bell symbol on the sole indicates that this pair of walking shoes was made in the J. & T. Bell factory at Montreal. A label is not necessary to recognise a machine-made shoe: tiny regular stitches reveal its manufacture by machine rather than by a craftsman.

The Bell advertisement proudly proclaim the shoe factory’s size and modernity.

Bell’s was just one of hundreds of shoe factories in Quebec and Ontario at the end of the nineteenth century.

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