Publication: Privately printed, nd (ca 1880-1890), np
10" x 8" thick cardstock with 6" x 4 3/4" albumen photograph affixed. Advertisement for a shoe clasp which reads: "Buy Your Arctics with the King 'B' Clasp Fastener. A Boon to Fat Men! A Comfort for All! No getting Red in the Face, Out o' Temper, or Breaking your Back. 'Don't you hate to tie your shoe strings? Yes, I own that is true.' - Oliver Wendell Holmes." The photograph shows two men, one pointing to the clasp on his boot and the other in the midst of using the shoe clasp. Heavy toning, foxing and soiling and with chipping to edges. Photograph has moderate yellowing but still presents a crisp image. Good. A great advertisement for the Velcro of the 19th century.
Inventory Number: 48377