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Shoe factory parking

Posted Friday, March 2, 2012, at 12:00 AM

Automobiles are parked on North Main Street across from the International Shoe Co. plant in the late 1940s. Notice the boy and his dog at right. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

The five-story shoe factory building on North Main Street in Cape Girardeau was built in 1907 for the Roberts, Johnson and Rand Shoe Co. It was later the International Shoe Co. In 1935, International was making about 12 million pairs of shoes a year with a peak workforce of 1600. The factory was later owned by Florsheim Shoe Co. The building was abandoned in 1984 and demolished in 1990.

Here is a previous blog about a workers' strike at the shoe factory.

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Here's a 1964 aerial of the shoe factory, plus a late-'60s shot of a wreck in front of the building.


This one has an aerial from the '70s and some interesting news stories about the factory.


-- Posted by Ken1 on Fri, Mar 2, 2012, at 2:19 AM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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