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Blanchester Area Historical Society

Circa 1907. East Main St. Midland.

Circa 1907. East Main St. Midland.

Mr. Nicely (left) and Mr. Hill (right) on East Main St. The viewer is looking south. On the left side is Walker's Hotel/ The Beanery.

On the right side of the photo you'll see a sign for "Selz Shoes".

"SELZ is a brand of footwear manufactured and distributed by Chicago-based Selz, Schwab & Co. (1890-1929). The pioneering men responsible were both German-born immigrants. Morris Selz arrived in America at the age of 17, gaining experience elsewhere before arriving in Chicago eleven years later. His company, Selz & Cohn, opened in 1871 becoming a leading Midwest shoe wholesaler within a couple years. Charles H. Schwab joined the firm in 1878, incorporating in 1890. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the four Chicagoland factories (Chicago, Joliet, Genoa, Elgin) were churning out around 12,000 pairs of leather boots and shoes each day. Factory closures in 1929 associated with the Great Depression brought about its end."


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