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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
Skating scene, Canadian Illustrated News, Hamilton, January 10, 1863 Alice Worts, Winner of First Prize, April, 1863
Detail of Skating scene, Canadian Illustrated News, Hamilton, January 10, 1863 Alice Worts, Winner of First Prize, April, 1863
Skates

For the past 300 years, skating has been a pleasurable pastime; ice skating as a means of transportation (on bone skates) has even been documented as far back as 1604 when the explorer Sieur de Monte settled on St. Croix Island.

Children and adults strapped skate blades to their one pair of Sunday best boots and could skate on ice ponds or rivers. As early as the 1850s, people could skate on covered ice rinks, either informally (often to music), or as participants in barrel races, speed skating contests, or curling.

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