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Object ID 002400

Object Name Ball-Band Shoes advertisement

Object Desc Rectangular, cardboard color sign for Ball-Band shoes. Photographic image of Rhonda Fleming at left sitting in wicker chair.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002137

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 8

Object Date 1953

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords advertising,signs,shoes,footwear,merchandise displays,Ball-Band,Paramount Pictures,Fleming, Rhonda,

Title Ball-Band Shoes advertisement

Description Rectangular cardboard sign. Color photographic print on front. Green background with text at top "whatever you do...feet feel better / in / Summerettes". In background is bamboo table with flowers and drinks. In forefront at left is actress Rhonda Fleming in wicker chair. Wearing a blue shirt and pants with black sandals on. Below her is yellow circle with text "Trade / Mark" and text next to circle "By / Ball-Band". At lower right corner there is more text "Rhonda Fleming / Co-Starring in / "Tropic Zone" / A Paramount Picture / Color by Technicolor". At lower corner is men's feet wearing black shoes. Back of sign has cardboard piece attached as an easel leg for display.


Approx Collection Date

Height 18

Length 0

Width 14

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0

Material paper


Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Ball-Band

Maker Details The Mishawaka Rubber & Woolen Manufacturing Company wa started in 1867 by Jacob Beiger in Mishawaka, Indiana. The company was incorporated in 1874 and produced flannel boots. In 1886, they made All Knit Boots with a black band along the top and a red ball was added later on which resulted in the red circular trademark sign. In 1899, the company built a rubber-making plant and eventually it became a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber. In 1923, the company name was changed to the Mishawaka Rubber and Woolen Manufacturing Company. In 1967, it became Unioyal, Inc. In 1969, all manufacuturing of footwear stopped due to costs.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2137



Date JUN 3,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Overall, poor condition. Paper is severely faded, especially red coloring. The text "Summerettes" at top is almost gone. The Trade Mark circle should red. Staining and discoloration throughout. Damage from liquid on surface. Edges are worn and frayed at corners. At lower right corner there is loss of top paper layer and creases along remaining paper in corner. Surface is scratched, scuffed and worn. On back of object paper is discolored and stained. Paper is loose at lower left corner from interior cardboard core. Writing in pencil at lower edge to right of left corner "1952-53". Loss at left edge near upper left corner. Holes in lower left corner.


Date JUN 3,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7 from Room 1, Shelf 19 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 8 from Room 7 - automatic entry by admin