1915 Play Shoes from Vanderslice-Stahmer

I got this little catalog last week, and just had to share some of the illustrations.  I really tried to limit myself to just a few, but realized that I loved so many of them.  So this post is short on words, but long on wonderful illustrations from 1915.


Posted by Em:

How charming and neat! Thanks for sharing… 

Wednesday, April 14th 2010 @ 8:30 PM

Posted by Vannie Ryanes:

Lovely, the soft colors are wonderful. 

Thursday, April 15th 2010 @ 4:26 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

I’m glad you like these. 

One reason I posted them was to show the huge difference in illustration style that took place throughout the 20th century. I’ll post more examples next week.

Friday, April 16th 2010 @ 6:54 PM

Posted by Sarah:

I don’t blame you for getting excited about these illustrations! They are so ‘of their time,’ and as Vannie Ryanes says, the soft colour palette is gorgeous. 

Tuesday, April 20th 2010 @ 11:58 PM

Posted by Garnet:

I was just at the Delaware Water Gap this past weekend! Boy has it changed! 


Wednesday, May 5th 2010 @ 5:58 PM

Posted by Lizzie:

Garnet, That’s a shame, as the illustration is so idyllic! 

Wednesday, May 5th 2010 @ 6:11 PM


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One response to “1915 Play Shoes from Vanderslice-Stahmer

  1. I was delighted to find this post. My sister just wondered why our mother always called sandals “play shoes” since that term isn’t used anymore. Apparently it was way back then – Mom was born in 1915. Thank you so much for enlightening us!


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