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Object ID 000497

Object Name Thorogood shoebox

Object Desc Light brown cardboard shoebox marked: "Thorogood Shoes. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Albert H. Weinbrenner Co. 150 A Brown Oxford 465."

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000475a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Shoes


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Augusta Hart Shoestore Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords shoes,Thorogood shoes,Albert H. Weinbrenner Co.,boxes,footwear,

Title Thorogood shoebox

Description Brown cardboard shoebox for Thorogood shoes.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 13

Width 6.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure

Dimension Details lid height 1 in.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Albert H. Weinbrenner Company

Maker Details In 1855, Peter Weinbrenner, a recent German immigrant, begins repairing boots and shoes from a small cobbler's shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1892, son Albert starts business with Joseph Pfeifer their specialty is workboots. In 1900, they purchased the Knoll Shoe Company for $1,500. The new company is named: Albert H. Weinbrenner Company. 1905 National distribution introduces Weinbrenner footwear to workers across America. Bootproduction reaches 2,500 pairs per day. 1917 During World War I Weinbrenner becomes a major contributor to the Army, supplying military boots "job-fitted" for the infantry. 1918 thorogood work boots introduced. In1942 Weinbrenner introduces the first safety toe work boot - influenced by designs required for the military during World War II. Military styles produced during the war included everything between combat boots and dress shoes. 1946 New toe/metatarsal protection technology patent rewarded to Weinbrenner: US Patent #2,392,867.. Still in business today

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY475a-b



Date MAR 6,2013

Summary Poor

Assessor Katie Wells

Notes the lid front has had much of the 1st layer of cardboard stripped and is unattached. the left side is the same. the right side front has fallen off but the rest that is attached has the same problem all have discoloration.the box wear and stain. the lid top stains created two large black smudges the back of the top has a large liquid stain that has darkened the box and created a wrinkle texture. the front of the box has a small brown stain and pencil marks (words and numbers) the right side has some spots of discoloration as does the left side which also has some small brown stains. the back has discoloration spots and a large liquid stain that changed the texture of the box. the bottom has two small stains and one small hole and some discoloration spots.